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.
Pando Daily has the meat on this story (here and here).
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.
If you’re going to do something illegal form a company first and do the illegal thing in the company’s name. If you’re caught, at worst you’ll just lose some of the money you paid yourself and your company.
It’s like the walk-out-of-jail-free card in Monopoly.
“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.”
“their crimes”?? C’mon We are talking about highly specialized workers with sky-high wages… probably better than any other worker in the world (thanks to innovative industries created by the people that you are calling “criminals”).
Companies trying to keep the higher wages in a sane level for the industry is not a crime, it’s business. It might be wrong or illegal but calling it a “crime” is ridiculous.
Edited 2014-07-12 03:41 UTC