- Suit Charges Apple, Google, and Other Tech Giants Suppressed Worker Pay
- August 2, 2012
- Law Firm: Lieff Cabraser Heimann Bernstein LLP - San Francisco Office
We represent software engineers and other high tech workers in a class action lawsuit charging that many of the nation's leading tech companies conspired to fix and suppress employee compensation and restrict employee mobility. The defendants in the case are Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants agreed to (1) not actively recruit each other's employees, including no “cold calling;” (2) provide notification when making an offer to another's employee (without the knowledge or consent of that employee); and (3) cap compensation packages initially offered to prospective employees.
In April 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy H. Koh denied defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The case follows an investigation in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Justice into similar misconduct by defendants. After that investigation was made public, defendants agreed to end the anticompetitive agreements. However, no compensation was provided to the employees of defendants. The class action complaint seeks lost pay and treble damages for the employees who were harmed by defendants' alleged conspiracy.