Q: Hi, How do you know when you take a new job, you are not violating non-compete ?
I work for a large telecom company & signed a non compete, the non compete language is broad & does not mention any companies.
I have an offer to join a startup company in technology. This new company is not a direct competitor & not in the telecom space. I want to make sure I am not violating the non-compete....its hard to find yes or no answer.
A: You need to speak to an employment attorney who has experience with non-competes as this is a complex legal question. It is highly unlikely that you will find the answer simply by googling it. Also, even an experienced attorney may not be able to give a 100% definitive answer depending on how the non-compete is drafted. The attorney can give you a good idea of the parameters and the things that you should consider moving forward. Again, this is complex.
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