U.S. Supreme Court to hear Epic overtime case

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether companies can require employees to sign arbitration agreements preventing workers from pursuing group claims in court, according to The New York Times.

The Supreme Court took three cases on the issue, one of which involves Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Epic case involves an overtime pay dispute by an employee. In Chicago, a federal appeals court ruled the employee could file a class-action lawsuit against Epic, making the agreement he signed unenforceable.

The other two cases, in which employees of gas station owner Murphy Oil USA and business consulting company Ernst & Young sought legal action against their employers. In the Murphy Oil case, a New Orleans appeals court ruled that arbitration agreements were enforceable. In the Ernst & Young case, a San Francisco appeals court ruled the agreements were not enforceable.

All three cases will likely be heard in April.

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