Can my business partner force me to promote only our company on social media?

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Can my business partner force me to promote only our company on social media?

My business partner wants me to sign a contract forcing me to promote our company mostly on all of my social media accounts, instead of any other companies that I am associated with. I feel that this is an appropriate and I wanted to know if it was even legal?

Asked on October 2, 2016 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you are equal partners, this is completely voluntarily: you'd have to agree to it, and are free to not agree. One 50-50 owner cannot force the other to do anything. (If you were to agree to do it, it would be legal, by the way.)
If you are the majority partner, again, it's voluntary: a minority owner cannot compel the majority owner to do anything the majority does not want.
If your partner owns/controls more than 50% of the company, he can force you to do this or else be "fired"--you would not lose your ownership (unless there is some "buyout' agreement he could invoke), but he could terminate any employment you have with the business, stop you from being paid by the company (if you are), and also stop you from having any role in its management, using his authority as majority owner (majority rules in LLC and corporations).


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