If I signed a no compete in 99 will it still hold even though I have been treated badly for years?

I signed a no compete in 1999, for years other employees and I have been treated badly. We finally have got the courage to leave. She slanders us to other people and calls us at home and yells at us. I have a new job that will give me more money for my family and possibly insurance that I wasn't offered at the other job. Do they have a case against me?

2 answers  |  asked Jan 15, 2010 5:04 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Rubin
This email message is not meant to: 1) contain my signature; 2) contain legal advice; 3) create an attorney/client relationship; or 4) guarantee confidentiality.

There is a great deal of discussion on this website regarding non-competition law.

Be aware that the fact you signed the agreement in 1999 or the fact that you have been treated badly really has no relevance.

I recommend you browse through the material in this website and consult an employment attorney to determine whether or not the terms are reasonable.

Neil Scott Rubin
Attorney at Law, LLC

posted by Neil Rubin  |  Jan 19, 2010 08:45 AM [EST]
Bruce Elfvin
The courts in Ohio will generally enforce a non-competition agreement that meets the tests of protecting the legitimate interests of the employer. The agreement must be reasonable in terms of scope and duration. In order to actually evaluate whether or not it will be enforced or modified by the courts you need to see an employment lawyer.

You can select one near you at www.oelasmart.net/directory

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Jan 16, 2010 10:33 AM [EST]

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