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This is absurd. Emails from Steve Jobs essentially saying "Don't hire our employees, or else we'll sue you." 

Other companies were guilty as well, but it appeared that Apples were the most egregious. 

Scumbag silicon valley. Google and other companies were guilty a well, but theirs were "Do not cold call" lists and didn't appear to be as harsh. However, a lot of these dealings may have been done offline.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/23/3906310/the-no-hire-paper-trail-steve-jobs-and-eric-schmidt-didnt-want-you-to-see
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You'd be surprised at the amount of law-breaking going on at major software companies (even those outside of Silicon Valley).

One of my previous employers had been using illegal licenses for a crucial piece of software; the cost of said license was but a drop in the bucket, given our profitability.  I raised that issue at meetings, time and time again, and was simply told "We're not paying for that piece of shit software.  But don't ever repeat what I just said.  We're trying to migrate away from it without having to renew the license."  We were told to never mention it in email threads (amongst other illegal activities), to avoid a subpoena (the software partner was aware that we were using the software without a valid license).  Employees who broke that rule were immediately terminated, and the exchange servers were "scrubbed" of all evidence.

Pretty amazing stuff.

Outside of California, you also have "non-compete" agreements in contracts, which basically attempt to keep you off of the market for a certain period of time.  Both practices are unethical and ridiculous.
 
+Keyan Mobli You left out the key bit:

Jon Rubenstein was a former Apple employee. As a former employee, you are not allowed to actively recruit from your previous company. This is a very common constraint in employment contracts. Employees need to interview with the new company on their own volition; not be poached by their old boss, who knows exactly what their compensation, etc, is. Though, there are ways around this. What Jon was doing was quite brazen, and in direct violation.
 
+Koushik Dutta you're right, I did miss that (was reading in class) however, wouldn't the correct course of action be to go after the specific employee rather than the company as a whole?
 
Either way, it is illegal for them to have these type of "no-hire" agreements.
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