Am I breaking the non compete that I sign?

I sign a non compete with a soccer training organization. This organization lost a
contract with a club resulting in me losing some incomes. The organization could
not cover my lost of in the eminent futur. The club who broke the contract are willing
to keep me training but wouldn’t reach to me because of my non compete. What
would happen if I take the job? I am not competing with my boss, I didn’t try to take
business away from him,he lost the contract and I didn’t cause it. He did. I am even
ready to give my boss a percentage of that income. What would be the legal
ramifications of me taking that job?

Asked on March 15, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A non-compete is a contract. Like any other contract, it is interpreted and enforced according to its plain terms. What do its terms say about this situation? If you would doing something the agreement says in plain English that you can't do, you would be violating the non-competition. If you are, you could be sued for monetary compensation (e.g. for your wages earned in breach of the agreement) and/or for a court order barring you from the job.


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