Tech Workers Want Evidence of Steve Jobs’ Bullying In Court Case


Steve Jobs was 54 when he introduced the iPad. But the iPad has become a tool for all ages.
Steve Jobs was 54 when he introduced the iPad. But the iPad has become a tool for all ages.

Apple is still waging a legal war with Samsung, but the company is already bracing for a new battle that threatens to entangle Apple with its foes Google, Adobe and Intel against a pack of angry tech workers who say the four companies were in cahoots on a no-hire agreement.

According to the latest court filings, the 64,000 tech workers represented in the class-action lawsuit claim that Apple and the other companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Steve Jobs in the upcoming trial, no matter how unsavory it may be.

The tech workers claim the four companies conspired to not poach each others’ employees in an effort to keep salaries low, margins down and profits up while the CEOs and other VPs ate up all the fat.

Earlier this week Apple and the three other companies asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to keep the tech workers from unfairly portraying Jobs as a “bully” at the trial. The companies said they don’t want the court to ban all of the Jobs evidence, just stuff gleaned from sources like Walter Isaacson’s biography that paints Jobs in a bad light.

In a filing Thursday, the tech workers claim that material they want to use as evidence was already in Apple’s e-book antitrust case, so it should be fair game.

“That the jury might draw conclusions about Mr. Jobs’ character based on evidence showing the manner in which he pursued the conspiracy at the heart of this case is not grounds to exclude such evidence,” they wrote.

Most of the evidence thus far has been email exchanges between Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt that show Google firing HR employees for hiring Apple’s talent.

The trial is set to get under way May 22 and could see the tech titans paying damages of up to $3 billion.

Source: Reuters

  • jonathanober

    When is motivating workers considered bullying? I would love it if my boss challenged me to be better at my job.

    • seaalex

      How about your boss colluding with other employers to keep you from getting a job somewhere else and trying to control how much money you can get ?

      Did you even read what this case is about ?

  • durant hinson

    please people the man is dead god, and if they didn’t want to hire u guys then they had a reason for that, if u are great at ur job there are always other employers. Most people just hate apple because they are a surviving company in a crappy economy.

  • durant hinson

    the man is dead leave him alone and move on to other things .

  • Hyacinth Smith

    Bullying poisons the educational environment and affects the learning of every child.It is the lack of knowledge of, or the unwillingness to recognize, or the deliberate denial of the existence of the serial bully which is the most common reason for an unsatisfactory outcome for both employee and employer.Bullying a wilful, conscious desire to hurt another and put him/her under stress.Violent behaviour is a learnt process participate check this out at