Company leaders have defended the plans, saying that having employees working in-person on campus is integral to cultivating the culture necessary to produce software. They are requiring employees to return in phases, starting next week and continuing through September, with some employees allowed to delay their return until Nov. 2. Employees who do not comply have been told they must take an unpaid leave of absence or could be fired.

Epic is owned by one of the biggest leftists in the state and her company’s culture enforces a rigid liberal orthodoxy. Now that Epic’s employees are pushing back against going to work, Faulkner appears to be using retaliatory and bully tactics to silence dissent and force the workers back to their desks. And most of Wisconsin’s liberal politicians will stay silent on the abuse because Faulkner is a major Democratic insider.