Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Mar 2014 14:48 UTC
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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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bile
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2005-07-08

"My original point still stands. Where is the violence?


No it doesn't. When is violence a prerequisite for something to be declared illegal? That is a stupid opinion.
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That's not the point. The point being made is that just because something is illegal says nothing about whether it's moral or just. He's likely arguing from first principle based on the non-aggression principle.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The point is, it's not only illegal, it's also unethical. The CEOs in question knew what they were doing was illegal, and they ruined the career of an employee for making a mistake because it violated their illegal back room agreement. I'll give you an example outside the realm of IT:

Greg is a cop; he's a good cop who upholds the law and follows all of his employer's policies, until one day he pulls over a sedan with blacked out window tint. That type of tint happens to be illegal in his jurisdiction so it's a justified (probable cause) stop. The driver argues with Greg over the tint, saying that he is an important man around town and he better not get a ticket over his window tint. Greg's never heard of the guy, as he's only recently started working for this department and moved here from out of town. So, Greg writes the ticket and goes on with his day.

The next morning, Greg is in the Captain's office, and is informed that he violated an unwritten agency policy by citing a local politician with family ties to the police chief. Greg is stripped of his badge and gun, and told that he'll never work as a cop again.

Now, the above was more or less fictional, but I saw incidents like that more than once during my law enforcement career, and more than once the fired officer would successfully sue for wrongful termination. There was even a high profile case here in Atlanta a few years ago when a certain notoriously insane city official tried to have an officer fired for asking for her ID when entering a government building (in other words, for doing his job). The official had changed her hairstyle and wasn't wearing her ID pin as required by all elected and appointed officials, and the guard simply didn't know who she was at first. The police officer ended up having to file a police report against the official, in part to avoid losing his job.

Abuses of power like this are, unfortunately, par for the course in today's world. But that doesn't make them right, legal, or ethical, and I'm happy to see that this case is being addressed in a court of law.

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