Is a non-compete still valid if one isn't a W-2 by competitor, but a 1099?

I have a non-compete through August of 2017. A competitor is looking to hire me, although via a 1099, not as a W-2 employee. Does that make any difference in the non-compete?

1 answer  |  asked Apr 4, 2017 10:42 AM [EST]  |  applies to Virginia

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Matthew Sutter
It may be. It all depends on the terminology used. Generally speaking, if you are a 1099-contractor, you should be free to work for whomever you want to. Often times non-compete agreements will be discarded by the courts if they are not reasonable in scope. It may be that you have been misclassified as a contractor when in fact you are an employee. One factor to consider is whether you are free to work elsewhere. If you would like to discuss this matter, please contact me. No charge for a 10 minute talk on the phone.

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posted by Matthew Sutter  |  Apr 4, 2017 11:17 AM [EST]

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