According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States Justice Department has begun to probe whether some of the biggest technology companies secretly agreed not to recruit each others' employees. An agreement of this sort violates current antitrust laws.
The immediate targets include Apple Inc, Google Inc, IAC/InterActiveCorp, International Business Machines and Intel Corp, the newspaper reported on Friday, April 9, 2010.
The Justice Department has been concentrating on whether computer engineers and other workers have missed opportunities to move to better-paying jobs because of these companies' hiring practices, according to WSJ, citing people familiar with the matter.
Although, the antitrust division of the Justice Department has not yet decided how or whether to challenge the hiring practices, a meeting has been scheduled with the named companies in the upcoming week as part of the investigation.
Neither the Justice Department nor the companies named have responded to numerous requests for comment.