If I’m currently working for a management company as a cleaner and am going to go out on my own, can it sue me if I notify the customers I clean for?

Asked on September 12, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Vermont


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It is possible that the use of their customer list to market your own services may be considered misappropriation of their proprietary business information, so the answer is that a lawsuit on this basis is possible. If you market to all buildings or businesses in an area which might use your services, including your former customers, that should be fine; but targetting the customers of your former business, who you only know about because of your employment, could lead to liability.

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