Monday, August 11, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week, the Apple-Google-Intel-Adobe anti-poaching settlement was thrown out by a San Jose federal judge because the $324.5 million agreement was not “within the range of reasonableness” given a previous settlement agreement involving many of the same key players – most notably, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The case involves antitrust law and how the tech companies’ collusion negatively affected wages, and is remarkable for, among other things, the evidence outlining the antics of those key players.
For example, one email from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt informed Jobs that a recruiter was being terminated “within the hour” for contacting an Apple employee.  Jobs responded with a smiley face.  In another email, former Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen stated “If I tell Steve it’s open season, he will deliberately poach from Adobe just to prove a point.”
In other developments:
  • A derogatory and graphic Facebook rant doomed a discrimination claim.
  • P.F. Chang’s restaurant was found liable in two separate sexual harassment arbitrations, resulting in awards to two employees totaling over $1 million. Attorneys’ fees are still to be assessed against the restaurant.   
  • A Baltimore teacher received a jury award of $350,000 on his discrimination claim, which alleged that his supervisor (and principal) treated him differently because he is white.
  • A county judge in North Carolina called North Myrtle Beach “the most litigious municipality in the state” after allowing a former employee to amend his pleadings to include discrimination claims. 
Wage and Hour
Posted by: Kate Bischoff