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

In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the "Google.com 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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What is wrong with their behavior?
by ioconnor on Wed 26th Mar 2014 15:18 UTC
ioconnor
Member since:
2013-02-02

First I dislike google and apple.

However if I had an employee that was violating company rules, in this case extremely so, I'd want that employee fired yesterday. Messing with Steve Jobs is like playing with an angry snake. Having an employee risking billions and the companies future is a nightmare and the employee needs to be fired with extreme prejudism.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

First I dislike google and apple.

However if I had an employee that was violating company rules, in this case extremely so, I'd want that employee fired yesterday. Messing with Steve Jobs is like playing with an angry snake. Having an employee risking billions and the companies future is a nightmare and the employee needs to be fired with extreme prejudism.


...except the "rule" in question was part of a backroom agreement cooked up between Apple and Google to illegally limit the the employment prospects of their staff. Ya know, that minor detail that was thoroughly outlined in TFA.

Oh, and what exactly is "prejudism"? Is that anything like "prejudice"?

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dorin.lazar Member since:
2006-12-15

Do you know the many-clause agreement that a new Google, Microsoft or Apple employee signs? How many do you think are similar to this one or worse? I don't get it: why is everyone shocked?

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RobG Member since:
2012-10-17

The entire company is violating the law with this agreement, so if I was that employee I'd be seeking compensation, of a large order.

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