DreamWorks Animation SKG, the
The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Jose, said the companies "agreed to work together to deprive thousands of workers" of better wages and positions at other firms.
The complaint also names Disney's Pixar and Lucasfilm Ltd. units,
The plaintiff in the case is Robert A. Nitsch Jr., who worked as a senior character effects artist at DreamWorks Animation from 2007-11. He currently resides in Massachusetts, according to the complaint.
"Defendants conspired not to actively solicit each other's employees and to fix their employees' wage and salary ranges as part of one overarching conspiracy to suppress the compensation of their employees and other class members," the complaint said.
For example, the complaint said, then-Pixar Chief Executive
"We believe this complaint is utterly without merit and intend to defend against it vigorously," Disney said in an emailed statement.
DreamWorks Animation declined to comment.
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of money including compensatory damages and legal costs, plus a permanent injunction to prohibit anti-poaching agreements.
This complaint comes after a similar lawsuit against tech giants Apple Inc., Google Inc. and