Wage lawsuit against Epic tossed by judge

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit March 25 against Epic brought by employees who claimed the software company illegally denied them overtime pay, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Quality assurance workers filed the lawsuit in December 2016. However, the case was put on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court decided on a separate Epic lawsuit concerning the company's technical writers' wages, who argued the company owed them overtime pay.

In the Supreme Court case, the court sided 5-4 with Epic that arbitration agreements can legally bar employees from pursuing class action lawsuits, and employees who sign the arbitration agreements cannot band together to dispute wages.

In the March 25 ruling, U.S. District Judge William Conley wrote that the quality assurance workers must settle their disputes with Epic in arbitration, not through a lawsuit, according to the report. 

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