UPMC has reached a financial settlement with thousands of employees whose personal information was hacked in 2014 and used to file phony income tax returns.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Philip A. Ignelzi on Thursday signed an agreement that will give $2.65 million to cover losses, including up to $200,000 in administrative costs, for about 66,000 employees whose personal information was stolen. The employees filed a class action lawsuit against UPMC, saying the health system giant had failed in its duty to protect their data from misuse.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that UPMC had a responsibility to protect personal employee data from hackers. UPMC denied any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.