Do I have a non-compete clause on me?

I worked for a company for a short period and I don't remember signing a non-compete clause. How do I find out if I have one that is preventing me from getting another job?

1 answer  |  asked May 19, 2011 10:19 AM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Christopher Ezold
Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania or Federal law apply, unless otherwise specified.

That being said, the best way is simply to ask your former employer. Do it in writing, by email or registered mail/FedEx. If there is a noncompetition agreement in place, you'll get a response fairly quickly.

If you don't want to contact your former employer, you could reach out to other former employees and see if they signed one.

There is no database of these documents, and they are not filed with the government or the courts.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me at the below address(es) or number.

/Christopher E. Ezold/
The Ezold Law Firm, P.C.
One Belmont Avenue,
Suite 501
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(610) 660-5585

posted by Christopher Ezold  |  May 19, 2011 10:27 AM [EST]

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