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, I did focus perhaps too much on the recruiter.

It doesn't change much to the core of my argument that we shouldn't be upset or surprised by these things. We should actively fight these mishaps and not just wait until something comes up.

Also, millions may be effected, but I doubt these companies would try to pouch lower staff. It's rare talent and skill that's wanted. So the "millions" is very much theoretical.

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