Current and former employees of Knorr-Bremse AG, Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec), and Faiveley Transport S.A. – and any of their subsidiaries. These subsidiaries include Knorr Brake Co., New York Air Brake Corp., Wabtec Passenger Transit, S.A. and Faiveley Transport North America.
What’s Going On?
The Department of Justice just settled charges with Knorr-Bremse and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies over allegations that they entered into illegal agreements not to poach each other’s employees. Now, a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of current and former employees who were subjected to these policies.
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of employees of these companies in light of a recent investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that found the companies had illegal, “no-poaching” agreements to not recruit or hire each other’s employees. Read on for more.
What’s Going On?
On April 3, 2018, the DOJ entered into a settlement agreement with Knorr-Bremse AG and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation – also known as Wabtec – following its investigation into their “no-poaching” agreements. Shortly after, a class action lawsuit was filed.
What’s All This Mean for Me?
The DOJ’s settlement with the companies requires that they terminate their illegal agreements; however, it does not provide compensation for current and former workers who were subjected to these policies.
That’s why a class action was filed – to help workers seek compensation for the damage done by the allegedly unlawful policies. “No-poaching” agreements can be illegal and harmful for employees in that they can restrict workers’ opportunities to collectively bargain, encourage below-market wages and contribute to a lack of competition in the job market.
What Types of Workers Are Affected?
It is believed that the following employees may have been harmed by the no-poaching agreements: