If I signed a non-compete form but never did work for a company, is it still a binding contract?

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If I signed a non-compete form but never did work for a company, is it still a binding contract?

I was never paid by them.

Asked on May 23, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, any contract is only enforceable if all of the conditions of the contract have been complied with and agreed to.  You mention that you never got paid... but were you officially hired?  If so, then you would have to look to the language in the contract to see what your remedies are-- the contract will control.  If you were never employed, but were just in the beginning stages of trying to get hired when you signed the contract, then the contract probably is not binding because a typical provision is a requirement of a non-compete in exchange for employment.  If the employment never happened, then the contract never took effect.  There are a number of employment law attorneys that will give you an inexpensive or free consultation-- you should really take the agreement to an attorney an let them view the specifics of your agreement.


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