Lewis, J. v. EPIC Systems Corporation
Long, D. v. EPIC Systems Corporation
On February 10, 2015, we filed class action complaints on behalf of salaried Technical Writers against EPIC Systems Corporation. These employees seek to recover unpaid overtime wages and related penalties under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Wisconsin wage laws. If you are or were a Technical Writer who would like to participate in this lawsuit, you must return a consent form, which can be found here. The class to which you belong will be determined based on your dates of employment as an EPIC Technical Writer.
WHAT IS THIS LAWSUIT ABOUT?
This lawsuit is about whether EPIC violated wage laws by failing to pay overtime wages to its Technical Writers. Federal and state wage and hour laws require payment of overtime wages unless an employee’s job duties make him/her exempt from overtime wages. This requirement exists regardless of whether the employee is paid on an hourly or a salary basis.
The lawsuit alleges that the job duties of Technical Writers do not exempt them from overtime, resulting in unpaid overtime wages and penalty damages. Epic claims that its Technical Writers qualify for the administrative exemption, which requires that an employee’s primary duty is directly related to the employer’s management or general business operations. To learn more about the administrative exemption, click here to read the Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet.
CAN I BRING A CLAIM FOR UNPAID OVERTIME?
If you worked as an EPIC Technical Writer at any time during the past three years, you can join this case by sending a consent form, found here, to the attorneys representing the Class. Until you return the consent form, the statute of limitations on your claim will continue to run. Thus the length of your claim for federal overtime wages will grow smaller until a consent form is filed with the Court.
CAN MY EMPLOYER FIRE ME OR RETALIATE AGAINST ME?
The law prohibits anyone, including your employer, from discriminating or retaliating against you for taking part in this case or because you have exercised your rights under the FLSA.
DO I HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING?
You do not have to pay anything to our firm if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief through a settlement or a final judgment; our payment will come only out of that settlement or final judgment.
WHAT IS A CLASS ACTION AND WHO IS INVOLVED?
In a class action lawsuit, one or more people called “class representatives” bring claims on behalf of themselves and other people who have similar claims. Together, they are called a “class” or “class members.” The proposed class representatives in these cases are both former Technical Writers. If these matters are certified as Class Actions by the Court, the named plaintiffs will represent the class and the law firms of Hawks Quindel, S.C. and Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. will serve as class counsel.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
You may contact us at 800-822-1690, write to us at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2000 Madison, WI, 53703, or email Breanne L. Snapp. You also may check this site for periodic updates.