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 an agreement that the companies will not hire people that are currently working for or used to work for the other companies within that same agreement, meaning that any employee affected can't find a better-paid job anywhere and if they were to quit their job no one would hire them, thereby allowing these companies to keep their wages low as the employees have nowhere else to go.

Keep their wages low? Yeah, Google and Apple are well known for paying low wages. What planet are you on?

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