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To CCIEs it may appear Cisco's General Counsel Mark Chandler speaks with forked tongue

Cisco's head legal beagle cites California law to publicly promote Cisco's support of networking industry employee mobility while simultaneously Cisco stealthily limits the recruiting of CCIEs from one Cisco partner to another.

Wed, 11/30/11 - 4:30pm    View comments

Mark ChandlerCiscoLast week Cisco General Counsel - Mark Chandler generated much worldwide acclaim and publicity ballyhoo by proudly and shamelessly blogging (at least in my personal opinion):

"Cisco's promise to those looking to work in the networking industry is that no matter which of the fifty states you live in and work for Cisco, if you come to work for us we will apply California's rule in favor of employee mobility nationwide. We know that employee retention is a matter of fair compensation and career opportunity, not litigation."

Well according to my research, California has a profound and well documented public policy AGAINST restricting the ability of an employee to move from one job to another. I mean, California Courts are actively promoting both employee mobility and open competition.

This policy is codified in the California Business and Professions Code 16600:

Section 16600 provides that every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.

Shamelessly in my opinion, Chandler publicly promotes Cisco's support of the California employee mobility rule of law, however simultaneously, Cisco continues to stealthily limit the recruiting of CCIEs from one Cisco partner to another as shown in the below Cisco website screenshot:

Cisco CCIE Employer Information
Source: Cisco Systems

On page 43 as shown below in this Cisco Channel Document screenshot, Cisco specifically restrains the ability of CCIEs to have employment mobility:

Cisco Offer Based Channel Model Audit and Policies Document
Source: Cisco Systems

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What's your take, is Cisco actually living up to its public support of the California employee mobility rule of law?

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