Former client contacted me.

I recently left an organization AZ which was bought out by a new company. The new company cut base salaries and there would be no exceptions. Since I left, I have had 2 former clients contact me wanting to continue to work with me and not the organization that I came from. Is it OK to work with them since they contacted me?

1 answer  |  asked Apr 13, 2003 6:58 PM [EST]  |  applies to Arizona

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Francis Fanning
Piracy is not illegal

When you work for an employer, you have a duty of loyalty to that employer that prohibits you from acting in ways that would be detrimental to the employer's interest. When you no longer work for the employer, that duty ends. Employers often use non-compete or anti-piracy agreements to protect against loss of clients to former employers now working for a competitor. In the absence of such an agreement, you are free to compete, including taking on clients that used to do business with your former employer. If you have signed a non-compete or anti-piracy agreement, you should have it reviewed by an attorney to see if it is enforceable and if it prohibits the specific conduct in question. Most anti-piracy agreements are written to cover doing business with the former employer's clients, whether you solicit them or they come to you.

posted by Francis Fanning  |  Apr 14, 2003 5:09 PM [EST]

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