(The Hosting News) – Amazon has a bone to pick with one of its former employees. According to a report from geekwire.com, the online retail giant has filed suit against its former VP of global sales at its cloud services division, AWS.
Daniel Powers reportedly irked Amazon after agreeing to work at sometimes competitor Google. That’s despite the fact Amazon had paid him a severance amount of $325 thousand.
His former company says his move goes against a prior non-compete provision in his contract and Amazon is seeking to stop Powers from working on Google’s cloud via an injunction through the King County Superior Court.
According to Powers’ LinkedIn account, his previous work in the industry has included employment with tech giant IBM.
So will Amazon have its wish granted? “Non-compete clauses have repeatedly been found invalid in California, where Google is based. However, they have been generally allowed in Washington state if the terms are deemed reasonable,” commented Geekwire’s report.
Powers was asked to resign from Amazon in June with the severance package. High profile employees often times leave companies only to join one time competitors. Former Google executive Marissa Mayer notably joined Yahoo! as CEO in July.