If you think only Apple, Google, Intel, and several other technology companies flagrantly broke the law by illegally robbing their employees of wages – think again. As it turns out, the digital animation industry – centering around Steve Jobs’ Pixar, unsurprisingly – was just as bad.
[Pixar’s] Catmull’s deposition and emails from the lawsuit confirm that he was instrumental in operating a secret wage-theft cartel that violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. But it’s even worse than you think. The cartel orchestrated in large part by Catmull robbed potential wages and job opportunities from thousands of animation industry workers at other studios, including DreamWorks, Lucasfilm, Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, the now-defunct Orphanage, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The wage fixing scandal is way, way more sprawling than anyone could have originally anticipated. The sad thing is that the criminals behind this illegal behaviour – Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, George Lucas, Ed Catmull, and many, many more – will never have to face any serious consequences for their crimes.