Can a non-compete restrict future employment by specific companies?

I have been working for a local firm that provides services to the medical industry. Specifically, our largest client is the second largest medical providor in our county. The non compete restricts for 2 years within our geography, but also specifically forbids employment by this large hospital organization (inter-state in scope) and another local employer/customer.

If I sign this it will drastically limit my ability to find employment in my field (medical administration). Next to tourism, this is the largest employer in our area.

I think this is an unfair restriction by a company that has virtually no compitition in their services provided. Actually, I find it so restrictive that I may have to not sign it and take the consequences and look for another job. BTW, we have 12%+ unemployment here.

Thanks for any insight.

Thomas John Avatarici

1 answer  |  asked Nov 22, 2011 07:00 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Arthur Schofield
Thomas:

Non-compete agreements are enforceable. The geographic scope was not indentified, but whether it is reasonable or not depends on the nature of your employer's business and your position with them. Two years is considered presumptively reasonable. As for not working for the specific hospital, it is possible it would be upheld. More information would need to be known.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Nov 22, 2011 07:17 AM [EST]

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