A bunch of companies are again finding themselves in hot water over their hiring practices, as they were sued in California Superior Court in Alameda County on Wednesday over allegations of conspiring to fix employee pay. Named in the suit are: Apple, Intel, Google, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe and Intuit have violated anti-trust laws to fix employee pay along with working together to set up “no solicitation” deals.
The lawsuit’s plaintiff is Siddharth Hariharan, a former employee at Lucasfilm. Hariharan claims that the above listed companies have cut deals to not actively recruit team members from each other. He also claims that the companies made deals to “provide notification when making an offer to another’s employee (without the knowledge or consent of that employee)”. Finally, the lawsuit claims that the companies named as defendants created “agreements to cap pay packages offered to prospective employees at the initial offer.”
Hariharan is quoted as saying:
It’s disappointing that, while we were working hard to make terrific products that resulted in enormous profits for Lucasfilm, senior executives of the company cut deals with other premiere high tech companies to eliminate competition and cap pay for skilled employees.”
Hariharan is asking the court to award those in the suit threefold damages (commonly refered to as “treble damages”), as well as void all such agreements between the companies in the suit. Employees of the companies between January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2010 are being asked to be covered by the class action.