Do I have a case for being harassed over a non compete?

At my last job I signed a non compete. I left because the company did not give me the position they promised. When I left it was on good terms. and I finished all my projects. When I started with the new company I contacted three people that had projects with the new company I work for to let them know I work there. Now I am getting threatening letters from their lawyers. They also want me to pay for classes they paid for. When I left I asked about them and they said I have done a lot for them and not to worry about it. I responded and let them know I quit because the did not have the position they promised. The lawyer responded that I was incompetent for the position. However, I have great reviews from them and I was put into a similar position that the lawyer did not realize I had. They continue to send threating letters. Can I sue them for not haveing the position they promised and or for harassment?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 8, 2012 6:30 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Janet M. Koehn
Your query illustrates the need for a particularized consultation with an attorney experienced in employment law. You do not provide the details of the job you left, not even where it was located; nor do you state what type of employment you accepted/expected. All these details may change the answer to your question.

As a general rule, noncompete agreements are not enforceable in California. But if you have a noncompete that is enforceable in another state, you may have a problem with that rule, and that is why it is so important to consult with a skilled and experience California employment attorney just as soon as possible. Although many such attorneys (like myself) practice throughout California, you can find one in your area by going to the website of the California Employment Lawyers Association,, and searching for one by city, county, or area of expertise. Good luck.

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Feb 9, 2012 02:00 AM [EST]

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