Silicon Valley giants Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe have resumed talks with workers in a class action lawsuit over the companies’ hiring practices, Reuters reported on Wednesday, September 3.

Plaintiffs accuse the companies of agreeing to refrain from hiring each other’s valued engineers. Tech workers stated that the alleged agreement has decreased their ability to seek other employment opportunities, thereby limiting their growth and potential to earn.

Last month, a federal judge in California rejected the companies’ move to settle the allegation for $324.5 million, saying that the complainants should be given greater compensation.

A court date to hear the matter is set for September 10.

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Written by James H. Arenson

Last Updated : September 6, 2014