Wisconsin state law stipulates that all employees are eligible to earn time-and-a-half for overtime, unless they fall under certain exemptions. I remember looking at those exemptions years ago and deciding that Epic TS were sadly exempt from time-and-a-half. Nordgren's lawyer, William Parsons, believes otherwise about QAers.
Epic had this to say in response, according to the numerous (albeit repetitive) articles I found on the subject:
We believe the lawsuit is without merit. 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.After doing a quick calculation based on Wisconsin law DWD 274.04(15), if you work at Epic and make less than $53,460 yearly, you may be eligible for overtime pay (calculated by $23.67 hourly pay times 2000 hour work-year). As we all know, the 40-hour work week doesn't exist at 1979 Milky Way, so the real hourly wages for QAers are probably much less.
I'm very excited to see how this turns out. I'll post updates here as I learn more.
A commenter posted this on a separate page, but I thought it belonged here:
Epic recently responded to this internally. All new and current employees have to sign away their rights to litigation over wage and hour questions as a term of new/continued employment. An excerpt:I did a brief search on the benefits of arbitration vs a trial. (Source: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/arbitration-vs-bench-trial-55694/) Arbitration is more expensive than a trial, offers little ability to appeal, but offers more privacy. It's that last quality that I think Epic is more interested in. Everything they do internally is shrouded in secrecy, especially anything negative (like a lawsuit alleging they don't pay their employees fairly). Caveat emptor, indeed.
"I understand and agree that arbitration is the only litigation forum for resolving covered claims, and that both Epic and I are waiving the right to a trial before a judge or jury in federal or state court in favor of arbitration."
I'm behind on posting this, but Epic settled the dispute. Epic unsurprisingly admitted no guilt or wrongdoing, but did set aside $5.4 million for the settlement. With a class of around 1000 members, that boils down to at most $5400 per person. That's a bit over a single month's pay for your average QAer at Epic.