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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 details about the case and how it may impact you as well as how-to information on obtaining your benefit and who to contact. Click on the links above for access to important documents or download the pdf versions by clicking on the sidebar to the left.

June 2020 Update: Based on the last records Hilton Hotels has provided, approximately 8,200 class members have not been paid the retirement benefit increases due under the U.S. District Court’s permanent injunction in this class action. The Court's injunction requires Hilton to pay “all class members” their increased retirement benefits “as soon as administrative feasible." The injunction was issued to remedy Hilton's two decades of violations of the federal pension laws. Hilton’s publicly-available annual reports indicate that fewer than 800 additional class members, or less than 10% of the 8,200 unpaid class members, have been paid by Hilton since December 2015, when the District Court stopped its active supervision of this case. Based on the evidence that Hilton has stopped implementing the injunction, Plaintiff filed a motion in May 2020 on behalf of the unpaid members of the class asking the District Court to order Hilton Hotels to “show cause” why it should not be held in contempt of the Court’s injunction and to provide a full accounting of Hilton’s implementation of the injunction since the Court ended its active supervision. Click on the links to read Plaintiff’s motion and reply brief.

Your Increased Retirement Benefits

This class action lawsuit involves claims for increased pension benefits from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan. The District Court ordered Hilton to increase benefits for over 21,000 current and former Hilton employees and to implement those increases or notify all persons who are due increases about how to obtain the increased benefits by February 17, 2014. A Notice about Retirement Benefits from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan was mailed to the last known addresses of current or former Hilton employees who were identified as entitled to these benefits. If you did not receive notice, a downloadable pdf of the notice can be obtained by clicking on the sidebar to the left.

IMPORTANT - Address Verification

If you are a member of this class and have not received your pension benefits from Hilton, please confirm or update your address information and return the Address Verification Form to Hilton Hotels Notice Administrator, c/o KCC Class Action Services, P.O. Box 6188, Novato, CA 94948. It is very important that you confirm or update your address information to ensure that you receive future notices from Hilton about the payment of these retirement benefits. If you are the surviving spouse or beneficiary of a deceased former Hilton employee, please fill in your name and relationship in the space provided at the bottom of the Address Verification Form. If you did not receive the form or misplaced it, you can download the Address Verification Form by clicking on the lefthand sidebar.

Retirement Application and Payment

If you are to receive a benefit increase as a part of this litigation, you should receive notice about how to commence your benefit from the Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan. To commence payment of the benefits that are already due to you, you may contact the Hilton Pension Center at 1-800-709-7699, or write to Plan Administrator, Hilton Hotels Retirement Plan, 7930 Jones Branch Drive Suite 1100, McLean, VA 22102.

If the Hilton Worldwide Pension Center does not assist you or 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

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.

Contact Information for Questions or Comments

You can provide information or obtain answers to frequently-asked questions by calling 1-866-433-8305. You can also send an email to

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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