December 09. 2013 7:00AM - Last modified: December 09. 2013 7:21AM

MADISON - Epic hit with class-action lawsuit on overtime wages

A former Epic Systems employee filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the Verona-based health care software giant, 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.

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, Nordgren 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.

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