Multiple High Tech Firms Accused Of Colluding To Pay Their Employees Less

A new lawsuit filed in a US court accuses a number of tech heavyweights including Adobe System, Apple Inc., Intel and Google amongst others, of violating antitrust laws by engaging in a conspiracy to suppress their employees' compensation packages.

The lawsuit was filed by a former software engineer at Lucasfilm, Siddharth Hariharan. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of InEarth.

The lawsuit filed with the California Superior Court in Alameda Country states that the accused companies allegedly "entered into an interconnected web of express agreements to eliminate competition among them for skilled labor," which eventually ended up making a negative impact on their employees’ compensation.

"My colleagues at Lucasfilm and I applied our skills, knowledge, and creativity to make the company an industry leader," Mr. Hariharan explained in a statement.

"It's disappointing that, while we were working hard to make terrific products that resulted in enormous profits for Lucasfilm, senior executives of the company cut deals with other premiere high tech companies to eliminate competition and cap pay for skilled employees," he added.

The accused companies have not yet made any statement regarding the lawsuit..