Judge wants more details on Epic lawsuit settlement

A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against Epic Systems regarding overtime pay wants more information from the respective parties as to how the suit was settled, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Noting that this particular case is a class-action lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Conley gave Epic and lawyers representing a group of former Epic technical writers until Jan. 24 to submit requested documents. Epic has reached a tentative settlement with the employees, who filed a suit in February 2015 that argued they are entitled to overtime pay under state and federal law.

A separate lawsuit filed by former technical writers involved a wage dispute and led to a federal appeals court ruling that found Epic’s wage arbitration rule violated federal law. Epic has appealed that decision.

The technical writers’ suit is the third class-action lawsuit to be filed against the electronic medical records company. Epic also has been sued by current and former quality assurance workers in two other suits, one involving overtime wages and one claiming that Epic misclassified employees as exempt from overtime rules.