TechAmerica is suing the IT Industry Council and several former employees for allegedly using TechAmerica resources to recruit companies to join the rival group in exchange for jobs, according to a complaint filed Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court.
TechAmerica alleges in the complaint that former employees Pam Walker, Carol Henton and Trey Hodgkins used membership lists and other resources to recruit companies to commit to a new public-sector branch of the IT Industry Council — the IT Alliance for the Public Sector — before leaving TechAmerica for positions there. The lawsuit alleges the IT Alliance told the former employees it would only hire them if 12 tech companies committed to pay $50,000 each to become members of the the IT Alliance for the Public Sector.
Dennis Stolkey, the chair of the board of directors at TechAmerica, called their actions “unlawful” and said TechAmerica won’t “sit idly by and have our organization diminished because of the illegal acts of a few.”
TechAmerica is seeking in the lawsuit:
■ An injunction prohibiting the former employees or IT Industry Council from using or disclosing any TechAmerica “trade secrets.”
■ At least $5 million in damages and additional punitive damages to be determined at a trial.
■ Attorneys fees and court costs.