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Epic’s Arbitration Agreement Found Illegal by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted on May 31, 2016 1:45 pm under News

In a stunning victory for workers’ rights, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Epic Systems Corporation cannot ban class actions by forcing its employees to individually arbitrate their claims for unpaid wages. This decision affirmed a September 2015 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb, who denied Epic’s motion to dismiss a class action for overtime wages brought by current and former Technical Writers.

Hawks Quindel and Habush Habush & Rottier filed a class action lawsuit against Epic on behalf of Jacob Lewis and a group of employees who are not paid overtime wages. These employees are Technical Writers who prepare the standard documents that accompany Epic’s software. The lawsuit contends that Epic misclassified these employees as exempt from federal and state overtime requirements, and that they should be paid time and a half for all hours worked over forty per week as well as penalty damages. Learn more.

 

Media Coverage:

KOAM 7: Epic’s Arbitration Agreement Found Illegal by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

BloombergView: Some Rights Can’t Be Signed Away

The Capital Times: Appeals court ruling could have big implications at Epic Systems

Wisconsin State Journal: Appeals court deals setback to Epic Systems defense of overtime lawsuit

The New York Times: Court Rules Companies Cannot Impose Illegal Arbitration Clauses

Law360 – 7th Circ. Nixes Class Waiver In Split with 5th Circ.