It’s well-settled that employees injured after they have arrived at work, even if they are still in the parking lot, are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and a teacher who was beaten and robbed on the steps of a Newark, N.J., school says the same principle should apply to pensions.

Arguing pro se at the state Supreme Court last Monday, Helen Casper, 62, says she was wrongfully denied retirement benefits after the 1991 attack, which forced her to quit her job.