Epic Faces Class-Action Suit Over Overtime Pay

A former employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Epic Systems, accusing the electronic health record giant of violating labor laws by denying eligible workers overtime pay.

The suit, filed Friday by a former quality assurance employee, alleges he and up to 1,000 more former and present quality assurance workers should have earned time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours worked over a three-year period preceding the filing of the lawsuit.

"Epic's employees, including entry-level or non-technical employees, are entitled to all the pay they worked hard to earn," said the plaintiff's attorney William Parsons, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. "Wisconsin businesses have an obligation to pay their employees fairly and must comply with federal and state labor laws. The employees we represent worked many overtime hours for which they were never paid. We look forward to helping these workers recover the wages they have already earned."

Epic denies the allegations, asserting all of its employees are paid fairly and legally. "We believe the lawsuit is without merit," Epic officials said in a statement. "We provide good, professional jobs to very talented people, and we value their contribution to improving healthcare. State and federal law make it clear that employees in computer-related jobs who primarily test software are appropriately classified as salaried professionals. That is precisely the role our quality assurance team performs."

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