Fed Hiring Inquiry: Google, Yahoo, Apple and Others

June 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The New York Times is reporting of a Justice Department inquiry into possible antitrust violations between the nation’s top tech companies, including Google, Apple, Yahoo and others. The investigation is focused on an alleged agreement between the companies to refrain from recruiting employees from each other, effectively restraining the movement of employees.

The confidential inquiry is in its early stages, with the Justice Department just recently issuing formal requests for documents and information to the companies involved. Collusion between companies not to hire each other’s employees has the effect of illegally restricting employees from changing jobs and even suppresses wages.

The Obama administration has stepped up its efforts to compat antitrust violations. Just recently it began at least two other antitrust investigations into Google’s actions for sharing board members with Apple, namely Google CEO, Eric E. Schmidt and an inquiry into Google’s settlement deal reached in a suit brought against it by publishers and the Authors Guild


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