The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on April 3, 2018, that two of the world’s largest rail equipment suppliers, Knorr-Bremse AG (“Knorr”) and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”), agreed to terminate illegal agreements not to compete for each other’s employees (“no-poach” agreements). A third company, Faiveley Transport S.A. (“Faiveley”), also participated in the illegal agreements until it was acquired by Wabtec in 2016. These no-poach agreements, in effect since at least 2009, are illegal under antitrust law because they restrict competition for U.S. rail industry workers, potentially suppressing their pay, limiting their access to better jobs, and restricting their mobility.
The settlement, which resolves a civil antitrust lawsuit filed by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, will require Knorr and Wabtec to implement compliance measures to prevent this behavior in the future and will restore competition for employees in the U.S. rail industry.
If you have worked at Knorr, Wabtec, or Faiveley and suspect that you have been harmed by their no-poach agreements, we urge you to contact a class action attorney at Wittels Law, P.C. for a free case evaluation. Wittels Law, P.C. are highly experienced employment class action attorneys, uniquely positioned to fight for your rights. Should a lawsuit be brought, there is no cost or fee involved in joining the case. You can contact us by clicking here, calling (914) 319-9945, or emailing us at .