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Welcome to the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan Class Action website for current and former Hilton employees. Learn how to apply for additional employee retirement plan benefits related to Kifafi v. Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan, C.A. 98-1517 (D.D.C.). Over 22,000 current or former Hilton employees are entitled to additional retirement benefits under the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan as a result of this litigation.

Scroll down for more information about the case, details about how to obtain your retirement benefits, and contact information. Click on the links above for access to important documents or download the pdf versions by clicking on the sidebar to the left.

Important Update

The District Court awarded attorneys’ fees on November 18, 2013, and ordered Hilton to completely implement the pension benefit increases within 90 days, i.e., by February 17, 2014. If you have reason to believe Hilton is not complying with the Court’s Order on implementing your pension benefit increases, please contact the lead counsel for the class, Stephen Bruce, at 202-289-1118 or send an email to myhiltonpension@verizon.net.

Your Retirement Benefits

The class action lawsuit involves claims for additional pension benefits from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan. A Notice about Retirement Benefits from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan is being mailed to current or former Hilton employees who have been identified as entitled to these benefits. A downloadable pdf of that Notice can be obtained by clicking on the sidebar to the left.

About This Lawsuit

In 1998, Jamal J. Kifafi, who worked at the Capitol Hilton in Washington D.C., filed a lawsuit against the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan on behalf of himself and all other Plan participants and beneficiaries. He alleged that Hilton Hotels had not complied with certain standards in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). A downloadable pdf of a newspaper article about Mr. Kifafi and this litigation is available by clicking in the sidebar to the left.

The District and Circuit Court Decisions are summarized below. Downloadable pdfs of court documents are available by clicking in the sidebar to the left.

  • On May 15, 2009, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Hilton Hotels did not comply with the benefit accrual rules or the vesting rules under ERISA for determining retirement benefits. The Court ruled that Hilton Hotels had been “backloading” benefit accruals so the benefits earned in the initial years of employment with Hilton were too low. The Court also ruled that Hilton had not properly counted certain periods of employment with Hilton in determining whether employees had enough years of service for a vested right to a pension benefit as required by ERISA.
  • On August 31, 2011, the District Court further ruled that Hilton Hotels must pay increased benefits to close to 23,000 vested class members and identified over 700 additional individuals who must be vested. Certain other employees were sent notices about claiming additional vesting service.
  • On December 14, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decisions on Hilton’s violations of the “backloading” and vesting rules and the remedies for those violations.

Address Verification and Retirement Application

If you are a member of this class and have not already received an Address Verification Form in the mail, please download the Address Verification Form by clicking on the lefthand sidebar in order to confirm or update your address information. Please return the Address Verification Form to Hilton Hotels Benefit Notice Administrator, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., PO Box 9994, Dublin, OH 43017-5994. Completing the Address Verification Form will ensure the accuracy of the records for future notices about your retirement benefits. If you are the surviving spouse or beneficiary of a deceased former Hilton employee who has been sent this Notice, please fill in your name and relationship in the space provided at the bottom of the Address Verification Form.

If you are to receive a benefit increase as a part of this litigation, you will receive further notice about how to commence your benefit from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan after the Court rules on attorneys’ fees and expenses. To commence payment of the benefits that are already due to you, you may contact the Hilton Pension Center at 1-866-262-9313 or write the Hilton Worldwide Pension Center, RFM Department 01250, P.O. Box 9619, The Woodlands, TX 77387.

Contact Information for Questions or Comments

You can provide information or obtain answers to frequently-asked questions by calling 1-888-985-9882. You can also send an email to myhiltonpension@verizon.net.

For answers to frequently-asked questions you can also click here to download FAQs or click in the lefthand sidebar.

Additional questions and comments about this litigation can be addressed to the lead counsel for the Plaintiff class, Stephen R. Bruce, 1667 K Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006.

 

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