Tech Giants File Collusion Settlement Appeal

Updating a story we brought you previously, tech giants Apple, Intel, Adobe and Google have appealed a U.S. judge’s ruling rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over employee collusion allegations. earnings statement

According to Reuters, the companies filed an appeal earlier this month after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose rejected the proposed class action settlement.

The companies have been accused of colluding with each other and making secret pacts not to hire each other’s employees to keep wages low. The companies are now asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule Koh’s decision, according to Reuters.

Koh has hinted that any deal would have to reach close to $380 million—a number from a settlement involving Disney and Intuit employees from earlier this year who claimed similar actions by those companies.

The settlement was supposed to cover more than 64,000 employees, including designers and programmers in technical roles.

Can I Sue My Employer for Wage Collusion?

If you feel like your employer is actively working against you to keep your wages low, you need to contact our labor lawyers immediately.

Employment disputes including wage claims can be resolved through litigation. There are antitrust laws and agreements that may protect you from these immoral pacts, and you may be able to seek damages.

Please call or email us today to set up a consultation if you have experienced a wage issue at work. Our attorneys work hard to give clients guidance when they encounter these difficult situations.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/us-apple-google-lawsuit-idUSKBN0H00AZ20140905