If I have been with my company for 10 years and will not sign the non-compete agreement they just gave me, is it better to quit or just wait to be fired?

Asked on September 15, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Utah


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This is really not an easy question to give guidance on.  If you leave are you doing so because you will have gotten another job?  If you do not sign the non compete could they fire you?  Yes, they probably could.  Would it be "for cause" so that you could not collect unemployment?  Maybe.  Take the non compete to an attorney to review.  Many are so overly broad that they would not be enforceable.  But at least then you can make an informed decision.  Good luck.

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