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Managers Gun for Tech Giants’ Secret Hiring

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Antitrust class action suits filed against Oracle and Microsoft this week joined a growing list of lawsuits accusing major tech companies of creating no-poaching agreements in order to keep salaries down.

On Oct. 14, Greg Garrison sued Oracle for allegedly creating a "restricted hiring agreement" with companies like Google, Microsoft and others, who agreed not to poach each others' managerial employees.

The companies also agreed not to cold-call each others managers and to inform each other before hiring one anothers' employees, the complaint says.

On Oct. 17, Deserae Ryan and Trent Rau sued Microsoft with similar allegations, also on behalf of a class of managers.

The lawsuits mirror a 2010 Department of Justice suit against Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar on behalf of a class of up to 64,000 software engineers.

A September lawsuit against major animation studios like Pixar and DreamWorks also contains similar allegations regarding animators.

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