Judge Lucy Koh has apparently ordered Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, to be questioned regarding an anti-poaching agreement reached with other companies such as Google, Pixar, Intel, Adobe, and Intuit.
The anti-poaching agreement allegedly stated that companies–such as Apple or Google–would not actively search one another for employees, or talk to employees without notifying their current employer. Five former employees of the companies in question have filed a civil lawsuit against the employees for their anti-poaching agreement, and Judge Koh is still deciding whether this case can be classified as a class action lawsuit.
Although Tim Cook was not in charge of Apple at the time (former CEO Steve Jobs was still in charge at the time, and Cook was still COO), Judge Koh was noted as saying, “I find it hard to believe a COO would have no say over salary and compensation for all employees.”
Even though this process will still take quite a while to work its way through the judicial system, it will be an interesting case to keep an eye on considering it includes six large companies in the technology world.
Source: Apple Insider
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