Q: I need to get sole proprietor to sign a Non-Disparagement clause prior to signing Confidential Disclosure

Consulting for a sole proprietor (softball program) and after being insulted, cursed at, humiliated in front of players, coaches, and peers at our latest showcase, I have been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement as I expressed my dislike of the circumstance by one of the 3 owners. I have not been paid for the work at the showcase $1,800 and they are holding my payment until I sign disclosure. My knowledge of the organization is substantial as they know I am going to resign after I receive payment. My problem - the one owner is known for his demeaning emails, phone calls and could jeopardize my family and my daughter's pursuit in college scholarships. He is just that way. Can I have him sign a non-disparagement and could I get a template of such?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Given the perhaps idiosyncratic and vindictive personality you outline, using a template may not be enough. You may want to have all sign so it doesn't look like you are singling him out. Suggest you contact a commercial law attorney.

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