Originally Posted by madras650
I have worked there about 2 months with NO MENTION of this contract until this past week. Never mentioned at interview.
ALL of a sudden the owners want all employees to sign a non compete contract.
If FIRED, or if I quit, I cannot work at any other BAKERY within 90 miles for a year from date of termination.
I cannot start my own business, 90 miles, one year
I cannot own interest in any other business, teach, consult, advise, assist in any business that is SIMILAR to my current employer.
The best thing you can do is to talk to someone that is in the legal field and understands this area of the law. Laws do vary from state to state, so the best place to get information is in your state, by someone that deals with this kind of stuff every day.
I personally can't see how it is legal to present you with a document that was never mentioned until after you have been hired and have worked for them for several weeks (and assuming they have had people working there for a lot longer than that as well?). And then say you pretty much it doesn't matter if you sign it or not. If you quit and or fired for not signing it you still can't work in your field.
To me it sounds like they haven't read up on the laws and think if they write it it is so. You signed it, there for it is binding. Or they are using it as a scare tactic to employees, thinking they won't look into what the laws actually say. Especially when they give you a damned if you do, damned if you don't ultimatum.
It would be a totally different thing if they had you sign it in the very beginning. Then you had the right to say, nope I don't want this job. But the way they are presenting it now, to me is fishy, with their stipulations.