Amazon sues former worker for jumping ship to Google

Brittany A. Roston - Jul 2, 2014, 1:36 am CDT
Amazon sues former worker for jumping ship to Google

In the Seattle King County Superior Court late last week, Amazon filed a lawsuit against former employee Zoltan Szabadi. The reason? He jumped shipped to take roost over at Google, violating a non-compete he signed when taking up his original position with Amazon. This isn’t the first time Amazon has gone after former workers.

Szabadi, during his time at the Internet retailer, worked as a strategic partnerships manager for Amazon Web Services — his new job is similar, involving work with Google Cloud Platform. Upon taking a job with Google, Szabadi is required to avoid seeking business from those he worked with at Amazon for the next six months.

In addition, Szabadi is also bound to avoid attempting to recruit Amazon workers to Google for a half year after starting his job, as well. Amazon isn’t content with these Google-mandated limitations, however, and has proceeded with a legal case against the worker.

The Internet retailer has zero’d in on the new position with its lawsuit, demanding that its former worker abstain “from engaging in any activities that directly or indirectly support any aspect of Google’s cloud computing business with partners or resellers.”

As mentioned, this isn’t the first time Amazon has made such a lawsuit. Back in 2012, as pointed out by the folks at Geekwire, Amazon sued Daniel Powers, its former VP of Amazon Web Services who swapped employment to work as Google’s cloud platform director. That lawsuit ended mostly out of Amazon’s favor.

SOURCE: GeekWire

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