Non-compete clause after 8 years of employment? Can they make me sign?

In regard to non-compete clauses - my employer of 8 years is NOW asking me to sign a non-compete that would not allow me to work for ANY vendor of laboratory equipment that they may consider a competitor in any capacity for 1 year after leaving my current company. Due to the breadth, I doubt it is enforceable in Texas. But can my employer retaliate against me if I refuse to sign? I am being offered no incentives to sign, but it's inferred penalties for not doing so.

2 answers  |  asked Sep 12, 2002 12:15 PM [EST]  |  applies to Texas

Unlock Non-Compete Agreements: Keys to Escape

Answers (2)

Trey Henderson

I have an article on my web site about non-competes in Texas. To view it, visit and go to the legal articles page.

posted by Trey Henderson  |  Sep 12, 2002 3:35 PM [EST]
Margaret A. Harris
Refusing to Sign Non-Compete

Your employer can tell you "sign it or you're gone." That would not be unlawful. Some of our clients have "forgotten" to sign such documents for long periods of time -- and the employer gets distracted and does not remember to follow-up. Some just go ahead and sign and worry about consequences later. You may wish to have an attorney who knows that area of the law review that with you so that you are signing this with your eyes open and have an understanding of how a court would interpret the agreement in the event you later leave and go to work for a competitor.

posted by Margaret A. Harris  |  Sep 12, 2002 1:04 PM [EST]

Answer This Question

Sign In to Answer this Question

Related Questions with Answers

Have an Employment Law question?