If I never signed non-compete papers, can my old employer go after me?

They said we agreed verbally but it wasn’t clear and I didn’t fully understand. I want to continue in the same field to make my living. She makes it seem as if I verbally agreed somehow without knowing or having a full understanding. I want to work without having to worry or stress.

Asked on August 30, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, if you did not sign any agreement and did not agree to not complete, your old employer would have no grounds to take legal action against you. A contract which is what a non-compete agreement is requires mutual agreement if you never agreed to it, and the fact that you did not sign any non-compete form or paperwork shows that you did not agree to it, there is no enforceable contract.


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