OAKLAND — California Attorney General Bonta today announced joining a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting former employees of Saks department stores who were harmed by agreements between Saks and other sellers of luxury brand goods (Brand Defendants) — including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada — not to hire former Saks employees. These agreements are commonly referred to as “no-hire agreements” or “no-poach agreements.” The appeal, Giordano v. Saks Inc., involves a proposed nationwide class of workers that would include employees at Saks stores in California and is currently pending in the Second Circuit after the employees lost at the district court.
“No-hire agreements are anti-worker and anticompetitive. They have no place in the labor market,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Employees who were wronged should know that we have their backs. Employers should remember that we expect everyone to play by the rules. At the California Department of Justice, we have previously challenged the legality of no-hire agreements and have prevailed. The bottom line is that workers should be able to freely transition to a new job if that new job makes sense for them.”
In the amicus brief, the attorneys general underscore that:
In filing the amicus brief, Attorney General Bonta joins the attorneys general of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington.
A copy of the amicus brief can be found here.