Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Pixar and Lucasfilm were named as defendants in a class action lawsuit filed Monday in San Jose, Calif., that alleges the companies sought to suppress wages by agreeing not to poach each other's workers, according to legal documents obtained by TheWrap.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Robert Nitsch, who was a senior character effects artist at DreamWorks Animation from 2007 to 2011.
“Visual effects and animation companies have conspired to systematically suppress the wages and salaries of those who they claim to prize as their greatest assets — their own workers,” the lawsuit stated. ”The leaders and most senior executives of defendants Pixar, Lucasfilm and its division Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks Animation, The Walt Disney Company and its division Walt Disney Animation Studios, Digital Domain and others secretly agreed to work together to deprive thousands of their workers of better wages and opportunities to advance their careers at other companies.” ...
Because free enterprise, free labor, and blah and blah and blah.
But hey. It's for a good cause: keeping costs down and profits up.