eBay Tech Worker Wage Suppression Alleged

  • Issue: Restraint of competition

eBay & Intuit No-Hire | Will-Not-Recruit Employees Anticompetitive Agreement

On November 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against eBay alleging that Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, conspired with the top executives of Intuit from 2006 to 2009 to not hire each other's employees, in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. The complaint alleges that during that time, eBay's recruiting staff were instructed to throw away resumes that came from Intuit employees.

Similar allegations were made against Intuit in 2010 by the Department of Justice, and Intuit settled the then against it without admitting liability or paying any compensation to affected workers.

In May and June 2011, software engineers and computer scientists represented by Lieff Cabraser filed class action lawsuits against Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuit Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar alleging violations of antitrust laws that arose from their conspiring to fix the pay of their employees and by entering into "No Solicitation" agreements with each other. The class action complaints in those lawsuits seek lost pay for the employees who were targeted by defendants' alleged conspiracy.

Competition for employees in the high tech industry results in better salaries, enhanced career opportunities for employees, and better products for consumers. High tech companies owe their tremendous successes to the sacrifices and hard work of their employees, and must take responsibility for the harm caused by their no-hiring pacts and noncompetition accords.

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Current and former employees of eBay, Intuit, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar who wish to learn more about the litigation against these companies for anticompetitive conduct may use the form below to contact us online. Or you may contact Lieff Cabraser attorney Dean Harvey directly at (415) 956-1000 or dharvey@lchb.com.

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