Can an independent contractor be held to a non compete agreement?

I started working as an independent contractor for a house watch service. Over a year later the owner ask me to sign a non-compete form and did not give me a copy. I would like to work for another home watch service as an independent contractor. Is her agreement valid?

1 answer  |  asked May 3, 2011 3:52 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Archibald Thomas
Yes, an independent contractor can be covered under a non-comete agreement just like an employee. However, the more important question may be whether the agreement you signed is legally enforceable for other reasons. This is a complex issue and can best be addressed by an attorney who is provided a copy of the agreement to review and discuss with you. If you do not have a copy of the agreement it can make it difficult to provide you with a complete opinion regarding your situation. A lawyer can discuss with you the relevant considerations regarding the general requirements for enforcibility of these types of agreements.

posted by Archibald Thomas  |  May 4, 2011 09:27 AM [EST]

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