After many years of service to her school district, a teacher retired in May 2011.

She contacted her district benefits coordinator to determine her monthly retirement income based on a retirement date of May 31, 2011. On Aug. 8, 2011, the teacher submitted her application for service retirement, reflecting a retirement date of Aug. 31, 2011.

The teacher alleged that the benefits coordinator filled out the application for service retirement for her, and when she did so, she listed an incorrect retirement date. The teacher contended that she informed the benefits coordinator that she wished to retire on May 31, 2011. As a result of the discrepancy, the teacher missed three retirement checks for June through August 2011.
The teacher sued the benefits coordinator for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty for failing to properly complete her application for service retirement. She claimed that she was entitled to damages in the amount of the three missed retirement checks.
The Court of Appeals held that the benefits coordinator was being sued in her “official capacity,” meaning that she was performing her job duties as a school district employee when she engaged in the conduct that led to the lawsuit. Therefore, she was immune from suit. The lawsuit was dismissed and the teacher did not recover the money from the missed retirement checks.