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 Nord-
gren, 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 Nord-
gren 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.”
The company said in a
statement that it believes its workers were properly paid.
“We believe the lawsuit is without merit,” Epic said in its statement. “We provide good, professional jobs to very talented people, and we value their contribution to improving health care. 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.”
According to the lawsuit, Nord-
gren and other quality assurance workers regularly worked more than 40 hours a week without overtime compensation.
The lawsuit states that they are not and were not exempt from overtime pay under state and federal law.
The exact number of past and present quality assurance workers is not yet known, the lawsuit states, but is estimated to be more than 1,000.
The lawsuit seeks an order certifying it as a class action, with Nordgren as a representative of the class. It also seeks an order finding that the overtime payment violations were willful, along with a judgment for unpaid back wages for the quality assurance workers, in addition to other damage and attorney fees.
Located in several buildings on a sprawling campus in Verona, Epic employs about 6,800 people.
The company had revenues of $1.5 billion in 2012, according to Forbes. Judy Faulkner, who founded Epic in 1979, has a net worth of about $2.3 billion and was ranked number 243 on Forbes 2013 list of the richest 400 Americans.