By Matthew Lane, DisCo
Wage-fixing agreements, like price-fixing agreements, are a violation of antitrust laws. This applies not only to literal wage-fixing agreements, like an agreement not to pay above minimum wage, but also to many agreements that have the effect of suppressing wages. No-poach agreements, or agreements not to approach other companies’ employees to hire, are included in this category. Enforcement of this type of activity primarily started in the 2010 high-tech employee antitrust litigation, and has since developed through enforcement in many other industries.