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    One of my co-workers quit yesterday and they told him that he had to sign a contract again, this is contract that we all signed when we began working there, saying that he will not work in a company that is similiar to what we are working in now for a period of 3yrs. So in other words she is telling him that she will sue him if he works in a company that sells the same thing she sells. Is that legal to create such a contract?

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    Is that legal to create such a contract? Yes. It's called a non-compete and such agreements are legal. Now whether the agreement is enforceable is another matter. That depends entirely on how the agreement is worded and what the relevant case law is in your State. Generally speaking, the courts have held that non-compete agreements must be very narrowly defined to be enforceable. I suspect the three-year limitation does not meet that criteria.

    If you want to know whether the non-compete you signed is valid, you'll need to show the entire agreement to a qualified attorney in your State.


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