Hartley LLP filed an antitrust class action against the tax preparing firm Jackson Hewitt. The complaint alleges an illegal conspiracy among Jackson Hewitt companies not to solicit or poach each other’s employees. The effect of these agreements was to depress employees’ wages, restrict their ability to move jobs, and limited their leverage to negotiate better pay. The damaging effect was emphasized by the fact that these workers had a unique skillset with the Jackson Hewitt model that made defendants natural alternative employers for these workers across more than 6,000 locations. The case is pending in the District of New Jersey.
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