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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Yes, it's not about wages, certainly not for Apple and Google.

It's about having a team consisting of smart people working on your next killer product leaving with their knowledge to a competitor setting your team back.

So I can understand companies trying to prevent people moving to other companies.

We must also not forget that people can leave Apple and Google if they want to. The illegal deal made was to stop actively persuade people to switch sides.

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