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Steve Jobs Emailed to Google’s Eric Schmidt “Stop Recruiting Apple Employees”

Employees PoachingA court document of “High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation” revealed that late, Apple CEO Steve Jobs emailed Google’s former CEO, now Chairman Eric Schmidt to tell him about the incident on 7 March, 2007 — asking the firm to stop trying to recruit its staff.

The lawsuit has been brought on by employees against seven companies including Apple, Google, Intel and Walt Disney’s Pixar unit Lucasfilm, alleges that Apple, Intel and Google had an agreement to not poach each other’s employees – despite high-level acknowledgement that such action was “likely illegal”.

Steve Job to Eric Schmidt Don't Poach Apple Emloyeed

The document revealed that defendants implemented their agreement throughout their respective companies, policed them, and punished violations. For example, Mr. Jobs emailed Mr.Schmidt on March 7, 2007, forwarding an attempt by a Google employee to recruit an Apple engineer.

Mr. Jobs wrote: “I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this.”

Schmidt forwarded Jobs’s email to undisclosed recipients, writing: “I believe we have a policy of no recruiting from Apple and this is a direct inbound request. Can you get this stopped and let me know why this is happening? I will need to send a response back to Apple quickly so please let me know as soon as you can.”

Mr. Geshuri told Mr. Schmidt that the employee “who contacted this Apple employee should not have and will be terminated within the hour.”

Mr. Geshuri further wrote: “Please extend my apologies as appropriate to Steve Jobs. This was an isolated incident and we will be very careful to make sure this does not happen again.”

Three days later, Shona Brown, Google’s Senior Vice President for Business Operations, replied to Mr. Geshuri, writing: “Appropriate response, thank you. Please make a public example of this termination with the group.”

“The explicit purpose of the agreement was to eliminate competition for talent, suppress employee compensation, and lower wages,” said the court document, discussing the employment agreements.

Here is the full High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation document:(via)

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