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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leos
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2005-09-21


It's an agreement that the companies will not hire people that are currently working for or used to work for the other companies within that same agreement, meaning that any employee affected can't find a better-paid job anywhere and if they were to quit their job no one would hire them, thereby allowing these companies to keep their wages low as the employees have nowhere else to go.


Keep their wages low? Yeah, Google and Apple are well known for paying low wages. What planet are you on?

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

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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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Let's see... Paying high wages and paying wages that are appropriate to your contribution is two different things.

Being a CPU designer limits your employment opportunities, yet your contributions directly lead to billions in profits and millions in compensation packages to the CEOs.
You not being able to say - I generate you billions in profits now please give me my due - is a limitation of employment at will principle.

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