Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 11:37 UTC
Legal Back in 2010, Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and a few others settled with the US Department of Justice regarding their anti-poaching agreements concerning employees. While the CEOs did a good job of escaping possible prosecution, the affected employees filed a class action lawsuit about this, and judge Lucy Koh has just unsealed a number of emails concerning this case. They paint a pretty grim picture of Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt engaging in mafia practices, threatening smaller companies with patent litigation if they didn't agree to the no-poaching agreements, or demanding to handle matters verbally as to not leave a paper trail.
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by galvanash on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 22:30 UTC
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This is pretty disgusting... Non-competes are bad enough, but at least you have to be coerced into signing one. This is like your employer enforcing a non-compete behind your back. Sick.

I expect no less than a serious public apology from Eric Schmidt for going along with this... He was originally a software engineer for God's sake! Jobs sort of started his career as an executive so to speak - I think the man always had a distorted, selfish view of the world... He's dead now, so that is that - not much that I can expect from him to make up for it.

Schmidt worked his way up to it and should know better... SHAME!

I hope some heads roll, and I hope some good people at Google go elsewhere. This kind of thing should not happen.

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