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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phoudoin
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2006-06-09

That's happenned to Jean Marie Hulot and his team: they resigned from Apple and some time later approached Google to open a R&D office in Paris. High-profil engineers, Google wanted them.

But, by this same Techtopus illegal multilateral agreement, Google finally dropped the idea after Jobs himself raised his veto.

It's not even about salary bump, it's ruling who can or can't work here and there, where so far only (former) employees are the victims.

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

I read about that after I posted my comment. I don't think there's anything that can be said to defend that kind of behavior. It really shows Steve Jobs as a sociopath. It seems that the other participants in the "agreement" wouldn't have considered hiring former employees (especially ones that had been laid off) to violate the cease fire, but since Steve objected, they were so afraid of upsetting the peace, they went along with it. It ended up being a race to the bottom with a guy whose concept of right and wrong is seriously compromised.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the investigation uncovers. Hopefully justice is served. Too bad Steve didn't live to get dragged through the mud over it.

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