Steve Jobs Previously Asked Google to Stop Poaching Apple Employees
A court filing was unveiled recently including an email which late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally sent to former Google chief Eric Schmidt requesting an end to worker poaching. The email from March of 2007 specifically asked Google to put a stop to its active recruitment of an unnamed Apple engineer and alluded to stop worker poaching in general according to a report from Reuters
Jobs wrote that he “would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this” in his email to Schmidt, who was on Apple’s board of directors at the time. Schmidt quickly turned around and forwarded the correspondence to certain undisclosed members of Google’s staff, including a staffing director who responded that the employee responsible for the recruitment would be “terminated within the hour.” Apparently, the unnamed staffing manager also asked that his apologies be conveyed to Jobs for his actions.
The suit responsible for bringing this email to the lime light is a civil litigation stemming from a Justice Department probe that investigated the anti-poaching practices of Google, Apple, Adobe Systems, Intel, Intuit Inc., and Pixar. It was revealed that in 2009, Apple and Google reportedly created an unofficial agreement to not poach each other’s workers, resulting in the antitrust investigation. All six of the companies involved settled with the Justice Department in 2010 by agreeing to a five year moratorium on “no solicitation agreements.”
The court hearing from this week brings civil suit claims from five software engineers who are accusing the companies of colluding to keep employees’ salaries low by eliminating labor competition. The case will continue however t may split into separate class action lawsuits.