Should I take a non compete to a lawyer before signing?

I was offered a job and given a non-compete
to sign along with the usual paperwork. I
asked about it but was told it was mostly
about proprietary information and I shouldn’t
worry about it. But it does not read that way
to me. It looks like it would bar me from
working for any competition for a year and
doesn’t define competition or terms very
well..

Asked on March 21, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If in doubt, let a lawyer review the document for you--you want to make sure that you understand *exactly* what your obligations would be, since you will be held to what you signed: a non-competition agreement is a contract, and, like any contract, can be enforced in court (i.e. by suing you). NEVER sign anything you do not understand--especially something that could impact your ability to work and support yourself for a year.


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