If I work in the healthcare field and was working at a surgery center in my free time on an as-needed basis, can my primary employer forbid be from working there?

Then I began a regular part time job elsewhere. Well the current job recently began working as needed at my old surgery center. My employer says that I now cannot work for the old place on my own (where I make more money because I don’t give anyone a cut) because of a competing interest clause in my employment contract. However, I was employed at the old place before I entered into contract with my current employer and before they ever did business with the old place.
Can they do this? Basically just take over there and not let me work on my own?

Asked on November 3, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can do this. Employers are free to set terms and conditions for employment, and those terms and conditions can include no working at competing businesses or, indeed, no outside work whatsoever. Employees who do not wish to work under those restrictions would have to seek employment elsewhere.


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