LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Viacom is suing Netflix for employee poaching, according to THR.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, alleges that the streaming giant convinced a former Viacom staffer, TV production executive Momita Sengupta, to break her exclusive services contract, which wasn’t set to expire until April 2020.
While this is not the first time Netflix has been slapped with an employee poaching suit––20th Century Fox Film Corporation currently has a similar case open against the company––both cases shed light on the ongoing issues surrounding the legality of fixed-term employment contracts, something Netflix claims restrains employee mobility and creates unlawful barriers to entry in violation of California Business and Professions Code Section 16600.
Viacom is demanding a permanent injunction and monetary damages. No trial date has been set as of yet.