Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) sues Google Inc (GOOG) for poaching employee
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has filed a lawsuit again Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for hiring one of its former cloud computing employees after he took a job with Google’s cloud computing division, according to GeekWire. Amazon said that the employee’s new job violates a noncompete clause. Amazon believes that this should have prevented the employee from working for a competitor for 18 months after leaving Amazon.com.
This is not the first time that Amazon.com filed a lawsuit against Google for poaching an employee. In 2012, Amazon sued a former Amazon Web Services (AWS) VP named Daniel Powers for taking a job at Google. In that case, a judge ruled that Powers was allowed to work for Google. However, the court banned him from approaching Amazon customers for 9 months.
The employee in this case is Zoltan Szabadi. Szabadi was the head of Amazon’s Strategic Alliances Emerging Partners unit. Szabadi’s was in charge of finding partners that sell Amazon’s cloud and offer services for it. Szabadi moved to Google in May to perform the same job. Szabadi agreed that he would not approach any Amazon customers or strategic partners, nor will he help Google recruit any more Amazon employees for 6 months.
Google is intending to fight Amazon in this case.