Edelson Lechtzin LLP is investigating whether Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC entered into illegal "no-poach" agreements with its competitors for a period of over seven years. Pursuant to these no-poach agreements, Surgical Care Affiliates and at least two other companies that operate medical care facilities, agreed not to solicit each other's senior-level employees in violation of federal antitrust laws. On January 5, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Surgical Care Affiliates and a related entity for this illegal conduct.
Surgical Care Affiliates is a one of the leading providers of surgical centers in the United States with over 200 facilities in 35 states. More than 8,000 physicians are affiliated with its centers.
According to an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, beginning at least as early as May 2010, Surgical Care Affiliates conspired with a competing company based in Texas to allocate senior-level employees by agreeing not to solicit each other's senior-level employees. Beginning at least as early as February 2012, Surgical Care Affiliates also conspired with a competing company based in Colorado to allocate senior-level employees through a similar non-solicitation agreement. Such agreements shut-out qualified candidates from consideration of job opportunities at competing companies and suppressed compensation for employees.
If you were a senior level employee at one of the Surgical Care Affiliates locations at any time during the period January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2017, you may have been impacted by one of the company's alleged agreements with competitors not to hire each other's employees. If you would like to discuss your legal rights, please call us at 215-867-2399 or complete the form below for a free consultation.