Appeals court deals Epic blow

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit found that Verona-based Epic Systems violated the National Labor Relations Act by requiring that some of its employees arbitrate their own wage issues individually rather than as a group, a setback in the company’s defense of how it pays overtime.

The ruling was in response to two class-action lawsuits filed in 2015 on behalf of current and former technical writers who argued that the electronic health records company misclassified them and therefore denied them overtime pay.

Epic wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb denied the motion, and the federal appeals court agreed.