What to do if my wife’s best friend and employer asked her to sign a non-compete clause by playing upon my wife’s emotions and pressuring her to sign so she did?

Is there anyway to get that back to have a lawyer look at it. I can’t imagine a lawyer would recommend signing it. It is no benefit to her.

Asked on November 19, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If she has signed it, it is too late: she is bound to it. Whether or not they were "playing upon my wife's emotions and pressuring her," your wife is an adult: mentally competent adults (i.e. ones who don't need a legal guardian to manage their affairs) are legally responsible for their actions and choices, such as choosing to sign a non-competition agreement, even during stressful times or even when faced with emotional pressure. Emotional pressure or friendship are not legal defenses to having signed an agreement.

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