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How iron-clad is my non-compete?

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  • How iron-clad is my non-compete?

    My new employer has everyone sign a non-compete, and I'm wondering how iron-clad it is. It's literally warehousing, all we're doing is receiving freight and shipping freight. It's very broadly worded. If the product is consumable, but I go to work for a company that ships non-consumables, is this now a violation of the non-compete? Seems aggressive to have one at all, but maybe this is the first time I've ever paid attention to what I was signing. As far as I'm concerned, warehousing is warehousing, and experience on how to efficiently receive and ship freight is why I'm being brought on. Is this a standard thing that is only enforced when it's a CEO going to another company?

    And if I quit, what would their capability or motivation be to track or sue an employee at the lowest level?

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    I know nothing, but I have seen where they can't stop you from working. Just because you unloaded a truck and loaded it is nothing special. no trade secrets there. We have employees who signed noncompete and they work for us. They do IT again nothing special but employers think they can make you sign something saying if you leave you can't work near them. Your not taking the secret formula to another company your just doing a job. You might still need a lawyer but everyone we hired the original employer lost the battle.

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      Looks like this post is several months old, but if I had seen it at the time I would have told the poster that contract interpretation is beyond the scope of a message board and he should show his non-compete to a local attorney.
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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