Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Mar 2014 14:48 UTC

In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the " Engineering" group made a career-ending mistake: She cold-contacted an Apple engineer by email, violating the secret and illegal non-solicitation compact that her boss, Eric Schmidt, had agreed with Apple's Steve Jobs.

What happened next is just one of many specific examples of how people's lives were impacted by the Techtopus wage-theft cartel that was taken down by the Department of Justice antitrust division, and is currently being litigated in a landmark class action lawsuit.

This story sent shivers down my spine. What a bunch of horrible, unethical scumbags. Sadly, their criminal behaviour won't really have any meaningful consequences. These people reside above the law.

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It's illegal to make such an agreement, it's not illegal to make it your policy if that's done without talking to other companies.

But the spine shivers and horrible unethical scumbags comments are just silly. Read the news for a day and you can come up with a bunch of stories that are way worse. And that's just the stuff we know.

In this case Apple was a very important partner for Google. Google didn't want to piss them off (just yet). Had the recruiter, who ignored company rules, remained at her job other people would have lost theirs.

It's sad, but it's reality: big companies and rich people didn't get where they are now because they always followed the rules.

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