updated 12:02 pm EDT, Fri April 5, 2013
Decision may be reversed later on
US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has denied class action status for workers wanting to sue several major technology and film companies over anti-job poaching practices, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs have accused Adobe, Apple, Google, Lucasfilm, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar of conspiring not to poach workers from each other. While such practices might help stabilize corporate environments, they also reduce the need for employers to compete with each other on wages and benefits.
In her ruling, Koh states that there isn't enough evidence to justify class certification yet. She has however signaled a willingness to revisit her decision, which if reversed would escalate the scale of the case.
Despite macroeconomic worries, the US high-tech job market can still be extremely competitive, particularly in Silicon Valley, where most of the companies in the lawsuit are based or have a major presence. Companies like Apple and Google are known for offering perks for new hires that are rare in other industries.