Karen was the main plaintiff in the 2nd District Circuit Court of Appeals case, Karen Pineman et al. v. William G. Oechslin et al.
Despite the nerves associated with testifying in a court of law, Karen stood proud as she delivered her testimony eloquently stating the reduction of benefits that she and her female colleagues would endure if the 1975 amendment to the State Employees Retirement Act was upheld. This reduction in benefits would have resulted from the shortened length of time benefits were received or the annual amount received being less.
Fortunately, with CSEA in her corner, Karen and the others were able to prove unconstitutionality and a permanent injunction was issued, “requiring the defendants to administer the State Employees Retirement Act in a manner which respects the plaintiffs’ contractual rights”.