Should vendors agree not to hire their customer's employees?

More frequently I am seeing vendors requiring written permission from their customers before they will hire a current employee to prevent that vendor from being blacklisted by the company. If all companies had the same arrangement, it would be oppressive. Is this practice legal and, if so, is there any protection for employees who encounter this?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Richard J. Vaznaugh
Agreements not to hire may invade rights

I think the impropriety of such a practice would be decided on a case by case basis. Therefore, a person who actually loses a job because their former employer wouldn't sign off should contact an employment attorney for a consult. Additionally, it may be an invasion of privacy if a prospect's employment applications are disseminated without their permission.

posted by Richard J. Vaznaugh  |  Feb 20, 2001 6:43 PM [EST]

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