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: