You knew it was bound to happen – copy cat lawsuits in recruiting. First it was Google v. Microsoft, now Motorola’s going after Nortel for the irreverant recuiting of Mike Zafirovski. BTW, Zafirovski was the only internal candidate in 2003 for Motorola’s CEO job that eventually went to former Sun Microsystems Inc. exec Edward Zander.
In the lawsuit, Motorola claims that:
Despite being paid millions of dollars in cash, stock and stock options in exchange for Zafirovski’s simple agreement not to take a position with a competitor during the two years following his departure from the President and Chief Operating Officer position at Motorola, Zafirovski willfully and deliberately violated the reasonable non-compete agreements which he agreed to in writing on no less than eight separate occasions while employed by Motorola.