May 12 2014, 11:56pm CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Apple, Google, and other major tech companies have reached a settlement with employees after accusations of wage fixing, although not everyone is happy with the amount that was agreed upon. The settlement totaled $324 million, $75 of which will be going to the legal team representing the employees.
According to a programmer, and a number of others, this isn’t enough, since each employee will end up getting a couple of thousand, but not much more. There are 65,000 people all together, many of which are going to be unhappy with this.
According to the programmer leading the complaint, the case should be heard in court, rather than being settled out of the legal system. The US District Court Judge that was going to overhear it is being asked to send the case to trial regardless of the wish to settle, although it remains to be seen what will come of it.
The primary problem stems from the overwhelming information available, including emails between Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs, in which Jobs complained of Google poaching one of their employees, after which time Eric Schmidt assured Jobs that the employee would be fired. That sentiment seems to have continued for years since, although the courts may never find out about it.
Stay tuned to find out the kinds of things that we will be seeing in the future. The settlement isn’t agreed to yet, although the tech companies are pushing for it to go through.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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