Non Compete and Severance

Hello I was recently let go from my company due to cut backs. I did not have a non compete agreement in affect. I was entitled to a severance package. When I received the severance agreement it has a whole page in the agreement regarding non compete. Is this legal and can this be negotiated?

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1 answer  |  asked Mar 4, 2005 3:47 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Scott Behren
Non Compete and severance

The answer is yes it is probably legal. Since there is no legal obligation to pay severance in the absence of a contract, companies will usually require you to sign away legal rights (in a release) in consideration for the severance. I believe you employer would say they are giving severance in exchange for the non-compete. Any severance agreement can be negotiated, but the question is if the employer is willing to negotiate. Good luck.

posted by Scott Behren  |  Mar 4, 2005 5:10 PM [EST]

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