The tech giants ally to keep wages low; Facebook doesn't play on the same team – tries to snatch Google employees

Back in 2011, a lawsuit accused tech giants Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, and others that they have conspired to fix employee pay by not (actively) hiring each other's personnel. A clear violation of antitrust laws and elimination of competition for employees. More complainants soon emerged and, in 2013, the cases were consolidated into a class-action lawsuit. Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Intuit settled for a combined amount of $20 million, while the 4 remaining companies, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, were set to go to trial in May.

The giants have proposed to settle, by paying $324.5 million, however complainants' original plan was to seek $3 billion and some are against such a settlement. Whether the offer will be approved by US District Judge Lucy Koh is still up in the air.

In the meantime, though, we are served another juicy bit of Google's behind-the-scenes employment policies. The information in question comes from documents Judge Koh posted this Friday – documents, for which Google filed a motion to be sealed – containing emails between Google execs, discussing concerns over Facebook snatching their employees. It appears Facebook was never a part of the shady alliance and was considered a threat for the search giant's supply of young minds.

The emails detail plans for keeping Facebook headhunters away from Google personnel by confronting them; sending counteroffers to employees, who have been approached by Facebook recruiters, within an hour of the event; and even having Google co-founders personally recruit Facebook employees.

What's your take on this? We have to say, that one-hour rule kind of freaks us out.

source: CNET



1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Dirty tricks again Facebook? Looks like you are unable to attract new staff into your company so you have to resort to stealing.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its called competition not stealing. If facebook can offer them a better package then I am sure Google can retain the employee by matching that offer. On the other hand, forming a secret alliance to keep the wage down is really appalling by these corporate fat.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

dirty tricks from facebook or dirty mind of big corporations? its not dirty that they dont want employees to earn good? while earn bollion of dollars in profit... praise to facebook that they are not part of this dirty game

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

so what??

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If one is happy at work then salary is not an issue here.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Salary is almost always an issue.

6. thegodfather

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

Capitalism at its finest

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldnt think so, imo capitalism is competition by salary, cost, and job. As you can see they were going against that.

9. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

That's bs. You pay for the mind of the person not form a secret alliance and not pay people well!

10. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

For once I'm on Facebook's side...

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