A federal district judge officially signed off on a settlement Thursday between Epic Systems and a group of workers who sued the company for overtime pay.
The case, Long v. Epic, was one of three class action lawsuits that the Verona electronic health records company has faced over its overtime policies. Now that one of them has ended, two remain — including one currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorneys have not disclosed the terms of the settlement in the Long case. After the parties indicated that they'd reached a settlement in January, Judge William Conley asked for briefs with details about the agreement. Epic responded with an assertion that because of the "companion case" before the Supreme Court, the settlement terms need to remain confidential.
The case before the Supreme Court is Lewis v. Epic. The high court will rule on a specific aspect of the lawsuit: whether such class action lawsuits are legal if the class of workers signed agreements to take wage issues up individually with their employer in a private setting.
Epic has pointed to the "individual arbitration" agreement it had workers sign in an attempt to get lawsuits against it dismissed.
The various lawsuits are similar, but differ based on the kinds of employees represented in each case and the period of time for which overtime pay is sought.
In the newly settled Long case, the plaintiffs were technical writers — employees who made documentation for Epic's complex web of software — who worked for the company prior to April 2014.
In the Lewis case before the Supreme Court, the plaintiffs are technical writers who worked at Epic after April 2014.
Meanwhile, a federal judge agreed earlier this week to place the other ongoing lawsuit against Epic on hold, pending the Supreme Court's decision.