Q: I have a non-compete in Missouri. Can I go and work for a competitor, in a different position if I don't divulge info?
I have a non-compete that was signed in 2019. It is for a period of two years after I leave the company. I am currently considering a move to a much smaller company in the same industry. I will not be in the same position I am now and I will not be sharing any information about my current employer, their contacts or customers. Can I be sued for violating the non-compete just by taking a position with another company "Like" this one?
A: No attorney can possibly provide any meaningful information regarding a non-compete - or any contract for that matter - without reading it in its entirety. Whether or not the position you are considering would violate the terms of the non-compete is very fact-specific. What I can tell you is that a great many companies have employees sign non-competes that are not enforceable. I would strongly encourage you to obtain a full evaluation of the non-compete from a business or employment attorney well-versed in non-competes to determine its validity generally and its application to this particular position. Such an evaluation should not be unreasonably expensive and will be well worth the cost.
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