What is anti-poaching? Essentially all of the big guys agreed to not attempt to steal each others employees. Meaning is an Apple employee was killing it in a department and doing great things, Google couldn’t call them up and offer them better pay, more perks and a new office to bring them over. May not seem like a big deal, but it ultimately impacts compensation and job opportunities for current and would be employees.
The agreements didn’t punish employees though. They were still free to apply to positions and move to another company at any point and time. None the less, anti-poaching deals is still an illegal activity. There are numerous dissatisfied employees in all of the companies going to trial. One of the attorneys representing the employees is anticipating a settlement in the hundreds of millions of dollars from damages. Most likely estimated on the impact of denied salary increases and benefits.