H&R Block Hit With Antitrust Suit Over 'No-Poach' Pacts
Law360 (November 9, 2018, 3:26 PM EST) -- An H&R Block Inc. tax preparer hit the tax services provider with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Thursday, claiming the company's noncompete contracts with employees and its "no-poach" agreements between its corporate offices and franchises have illegally stifled wages and career advancement of thousands of workers.
In a 34-page complaint, Carmen J. Maurella III, of Homer Glen, Illinois, claims that H&R Block has run a conspiracy to suppress wages of tax preparers and managers in violation of the Sherman Act by ensuring that H&R Block's 10,000 offices and franchises in the U.S. could not hire each other's employees....
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