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Retired man told by ex-employer he is not retired

5:06 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When you retire from a company, that usually means you're done working for that particular company. But Jerry Prohaska said he was told by his former employer that he is not retired, even though he did so five years ago.

Prohaska retired in 2007. More than 60 people were there for the celebration for his retirement from Wachovia Corporation after 23 years of service.

"I was a good employee," he said.

Now he's a confused ex-employee. In August, he received this notice from Wells Fargo, stating that he is on Extended Leave Absence, which is only for 24 months and it ends in December.

Prohaska said he thought it was a mistake so he dug out his records.

"I called them and explained to them 'I've got records, I'm retired' and they said 'no our system shows you're on a leave of absence and that's it,'" said Prohaska. 

Now 66, he said he's concerned that if he no longer has the status of "retired," it could affect some benefits he's receiving.

"My wife keeps wondering how we're going to get along to make the monthly payments for insurance," said Prohaska.

He gets a monthly stipend of $60 for his supplemental Medicare insurance and he also has a life insurance option.

"It has been going on since August, it is at the end of October now," said Prohaska. 

Prohaska, who worked as an asset remarketing officer and in retail credit collections, said he's just trying to get what he earned.

"All I want is what's owed me," said Prohaska.

Prohaska said wants to be able to enjoy the quiet life again.

Kathy Harrison, Vice President for Wells Fargo said they spoke to Prohaska and they're working to fix it.

In a statement, Harrison said:

"We understand Mr. Prohaska's concern and are working to resolve what we believe is an error as quickly as possible. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused him." 

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