"Apple, Google and Intel are being sued for striking a secret agreement among themselves not to poach employees from each other. Which is, um, how should we put this? Not kosher? "Likely illegal," is how Ed Colligan, former CEO of Palm, described it when they asked him to join the devil's bargain. Because, yeah. Turns out it's frowned upon when companies collude to keep workers from making as much money as they can.
The pact now may come back to haunt these companies as employees are suing them over lost wages. The damages could run into the hundreds of millions.
But the best part, as always, is the treasure trove of documents coming out in discovery. The best ones are the ones that show Apple CEO Steve Jobs throwing temper tantrums and threatening lawsuits when competitors hire away his engineers. (The Verge has a great rundown with lots of documents.)"...
"Keep in mind that the real victims of what Jobs was proposing are front-line engineers whose incomes would be constrained because their bosses had struck a deal not to poach from one another. This was rich guys making deals to screw their engineers and boost their own profits."
News Flash: Steve Jobs Bullied Rivals And Was Kind Of A Dick