Washington – The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday
that it reached settlements with six technology firms — Adobe, Apple, Google,
Intel, Intuit and Pixar — that prevent them from entering into "no
solicitation" agreements for employees. The agreements essentially prohibited
recruiters from cold calling employees of companies party to the agreements,
and were deemed by the Justice Dept. to be "broader than reasonably
necessary for any collaboration between the companies."
The Justice Dept.
said the agreements "eliminated a significant form of competition to
attract highly skilled employees, and overall diminished competition to the
detriment of affected employees who were likely deprived of competitively
important information and access to better job opportunities."
proposed settlement goes beyond cold calling to prohibit the companies involved
from entering agreements that prevent solicitation, cold calling, recruiting or
otherwise competing for employees."