DOJ Investigating Apple, Google, Intel for Hiring Practices: Report
The Department of Justice is investigating a number of Silicon Valley giants, including Google and Apple, over hiring practices that allegedly include agreements to not poach each others' top talent, says a report in The Wall Street Journal. Depending on circumstances, such agreements could violate labor laws. The federal government had previously investigated Google, Apple and other companies over similar deals. Although the tech industry has seen a net gain of jobs over the past six months, according to the Department of Labor, some job losses indicate the effects of the recession are still being felt.A number of high-profile tech companies, ranging from Google and Apple to IBM and Intel, are being probed by federal investigators for their hiring practices, according to the Wall Street Journal. At issue is whether those companies' alleged agreements to not poach each other's employees constitute a breach of antitrust laws. The April 9 article in The Wall Street Journal suggests that the investigation by the Department of Justice has been under way for more than a year, with the agency's microscope trained on those tech companies that have supposedly reached understandings to not hire away prized workers. Such agreements, depending on the particulars, have the potential to breach labor laws. Those tech companies have denied any wrongdoing.
"IBM is one of many companies that have been contacted by government officials in a broad-ranging inquiry of technology and non-technology companies regarding hiring practices," IBM spokesperson Edward Barbini told the Journal, adding that the company is cooperating with the investigation.