Updating a story we have been following over the last couple of weeks, Apple, Google and other tech companies have settled a class action lawsuit alleging that they colluded to keep wages low.
According to NBC News, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe settled the anti-poaching lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. The companies were accused of agreeing not to poach employees from each other as a way of reducing labor costs.
The terms of the settlement will be announced next month. Reuters reported through a source that the figure could be around $300 million. According to NBC News, the case began in 2011, when a former Lucasfilm software engineer filed suit against the four tech companies as well as Lucasfilm, Pixar and Intuit.
Eventually, other employees filed their own lawsuits, and the case was granted class action status in 2013, representing some 64,000 software engineers.
The lawsuit alleged that Apple founder Steve Jobs was the mastermind of the scheme, emailing executives with other companies over employees beginning in 2005. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed to have lost $3 billion in wages because of the companies agreeing not to hire each other’s workers.
Lucasfilm, Pixar and Intuit reportedly settled the case for a total of $20 million last year, while the other companies continued to fight the lawsuit.
How Can a Class Action Lawsuit Help Me Get Back Wages?
It is great that these employees were able to band together and fight these companies over their shady employment practices. It is disgraceful that companies would agree not to hire each other’s workers as a way to keep wages stagnant.
Class action lawsuits are a great way to settle wage or overtime disputes involving workers, as laws exist to ensure that employees are given fair and just compensation for their services. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at (310) 273-3180 if you think you have a similar case.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? Earlier this year, McDonalds workers filed wage lawsuits in three states with the intention of becoming a class action lawsuit.