Q: Can a former employer prevent me from performing the same work for a competitor or on my own?
I have been given an employment contract that should I resign or be terminate prevents me from performing the same work for a competitor or opening my own business. Can they legally prevent me in Maryland from continuing to work in my chosen career? I understand I cannot solicit their current clientele.
A: I would suggest you have the agreement reviewed by an employment lawyer. The lawyer should be able to give you a sense of the enforceability of the agreement. The wording of these agreements vary and the wording matters. Also, what you do at work is an important part of the analysis. I have written a few posts on this subject. See the following links:
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