The aerospace industry is a growth market - the U.S. aerospace industry employs roughly 2 million people and represents about 1.4% of all employment in the U.S. 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently unsealed a criminal complaint accusing a former aerospace executive of participating in a long-running conspiracy with managers and executives at other aerospace companies with the goal of restricting the hiring and recruiting of engineers and other skilled laborers. This alleged no-poach was spearheaded by Mahesh Patel, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, a former Director of Global Engineering Services at Pratt & Whitney. 

“Given the significance of major defense and aerospace companies to Connecticut’s economy, it is vital that the labor market in this industry remain fair, open and competitive to our workers,” said Peter S. Jongbloed, Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. “No one should be illegally denied the opportunity to pursue better jobs, higher pay, and greater benefits. We look forward to continuing the partnership with the Antitrust Division and our law enforcement partners in prosecuting this important case.”

Some of the companies affected may include:



The Joseph Saveri Law Firm has filed a class action complaint, Doe v. Raytheon Technology Corp., No. 22-cv-00035 (D. Conn), seeking treble damages and injunctive relief for harm caused by the defendants' alleged unlawful no-poach agreements. 

“The aerospace industry is essential to the local and national economy, and to the security of our nation and the safety of its citizens. This industry’s labor market must be fair and competitive for workers who form the backbone of such an important sector of American society,” said the plaintiff engineer’s attorney, Joseph Saveri. “When aerospace companies engage in these unlawful agreements, they suppress wages across the entire industry. This case’s facts clearly indicate these companies intended to do just that. Instead of competing with other firms to retain employees by offering higher wages and better benefits, they denied their employees opportunities for career advancement and compensation for the true value of their skills. We are committed to bringing this crucial case to a successful conclusion and deterring similar illegal conduct throughout the aerospace industry. Its employees deserve nothing less.”

If you are a current or past employee of any of the following companies, please contact us today to find out more.

Any information you provide to us will be kept strictly confidential as provided by law.


Individuals who worked in the aerospace industry may have been impacted by these illegal and anticompetitive agreements. Please contact the firm by completing the form below if:

  • You worked in the aerospace industry on projects for Pratt & Whitney between 2011-2019.
  • You might have knowledge of an agreement by your past or present employer not to recruit or hire from a competitor.
  • You want to learn more information about our investigation into these possible no-poach agreements.

Any information you provide to us will be kept strictly confidential as provided by law.