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Epic hit with class-action lawsuit on overtime wages

A former Epic Systems employee filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against Verona health care software giant Epic Systems, alleging that he and potentially another 1,000 past and present Epic employees were not paid overtime wages to which they were entitled.

William Parsons, a lawyer for former Epic worker Evan Nordgren, declined to say how much money could be involved in the case but said “we believe it’s significant.” Nordgren was a quality assurance employee at Epic but has since left the company and is attending UW Law School.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, alleges that Epic denied overtime pay to Nordgren and other quality assurance employees over a three-year period preceding the filing of the lawsuit.

Parsons said that under state and federal law, workers are entitled to overtime pay at time-and-a-half unless they fall under one of several exemptions specified in those laws. He said he does not know which exception Epic claims the quality assurance workers fall under.

“Epic’s employees, including entry level or non-technical employees, are entitled to all the pay they worked hard to earn,” Parsons said in a statement. “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.”

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