No compete in Texas automotive field

I am a corvette technician,24 years expirience working for the same company for three years and now they want a no compete singed or im terminated.
This is all I do and I paid for my training and schooling. If I sing I cant work on corvettes for one year or within 100 miles of Corvette of Houston.
Is this legal to do to an employee in the state of Texas?

2 answers  |  asked Aug 20, 2005 7:05 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

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Margaret A. Harris
If You Want to Sign and Keep Your Job

You might be able to sign the document and keep your job -- and keep your right to work on Corvettes even if you are later fired. It all depends on what the document says.

I generally think it's best to be up front with one's employer in these situations -- to express your concerns about the agreement and why you have them, and to ask what the employer is willing to do for you if you sign this. Something in writing, of course. That way, if there ever is a lawsuit in the future, you have proof positive that you tried to work things out.

Do your 24 years of experience give you some negotiating room with this employer?

Overall, you need to talk to an employment lawyer who regularly represents employees to try to work out something here.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Aug 23, 2005 1:55 PM [EST]
Trey Henderson

Since it is employment at will in Texas, the employer can terminate you if you don't sign the agreement. However, the agreement will not necessarily be enforceable by the employer. I would advie you to have a local attorney review the agreement before you sign it.

posted by Trey Henderson  |  Aug 20, 2005 9:14 PM [EST]

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