Six top tech firms, including Google and Apple, have agreed to stop employment practices that restrict other companies from recruiting their employees.
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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Google, Apple and four other technology companies have settled a lawsuit by promising to end deals not to poach employees.
The case was brought by the anti-trust division of the DoJ, which said senior executives at the companies distorted competition in the high-tech sector by agreeing not to recruit each others' employees, according to the Financial Times.
The DoJ's complaint also alleged that the agreements between Apple and Google, Apple and Adobe Systems, Apple and Disney's Pixar, Google and Intel, and Google and Intuit, kept salaries lower.
The DoJ said its complaint arose out of a larger, ongoing investigation into employment practices.