Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Florida

Q: I do not have a non compete. I was terminated. Can I be sued for telling my clients to come with me in a Google review?

I posted the truth of my firing and told my clients how to find me in a Google review under the business website. Is this actionable?

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Depends on whether your actions could be viewed as stealing your former employer's clients, which could give rise to a suit for tortious interference with contractual business relationships or advantageous business relationships. The absence of a non-compete clause may be irrelevant in that scenario. You have the right to immediately start competing (that is, offering your services to the general public and advertising), but not to intentionally seek to destroy established relationships between your former employer and its clients. If a client with a relationship to your former employer seeks you out on their own, with no prodding from you, you'd still need to be careful to ensure the clarity of what triggered that client's decision.

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