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Supreme Court Overturns Denial of Disability Retirement Benefits to State Employee

Monday, February 10, 2020 | 231 | 0 | 8 min read

The Supreme Court of Hawaii overturned a denial of service-related disability retirement benefits to a state employee for her injuries, finding her work conditions satisfied the definition of an occupational hazard. Case: Quel v. Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System of the State of Hawaii, No. SCWC-16-0000355, 02/06/2020, published. Facts and procedural history: Debbie Quel worked for the State of Hawaii Department of Education for 18 years as a cafeteria helper. Her job included lifting and lowering pans of food from an oven taller than her, emptying pots...

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