Emails to and from the late Steve Jobs may show that several tech companies, including Apple, adopted a "no-hire" policy in which they agreed not to recruit one another's top talent.
The emails were made public Tuesday by a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by tech workers against several Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google and Intel.
In the emails, Jobs, the former Apple Inc. chief executive, appears to be speaking about and enforcing handshake agreements between him and other executives in the industry under which tech companies would refrain from trying to hire away competitors' employees.
The tech workers behind the lawsuit say the alleged practice was illegal and drove down wages, according to Reuters.
The documents were made public Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh.
In one of the emails, Jobs ask former Palm CEO Edward Colligan to accept a no-hire agreement between the two companies.
"I'm sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies," Jobs says in the email.