job shop--non-compete clause??

Subject: job shop--non-compete clause??
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 1997 17:41:00 +0100

Hello Randy,

* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von Randy Burgess an All am 28.12.96

RB> From: Randy Burgess <ghost -at- DAVINCI -dot- NETAXIS -dot- COM>

RB> She wants me to sign what she says is a standard "non-compete"
RB> clause
RB> before she even thinks of introducing me to a client.
RB> Effectively it would
RB> bar me from working for a company she "introduced" me to
RB> "directly or
RB> indirectly" for up to a year after I leave her employ.

"One year after you left her company" would be quite a harsh clause. When I
started self-employed I signed an agreement about "18 months after the last
job for that client ended".

The first one would make it very difficult for you to get free of that agency
by possibly blocking you from any local customer. The second clause has a
special chance: If the customer is quite satisfied with your work, but
strongly dislikes your employer. I know what I am talking about...

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander von Obert, Urbanstr. 2, 90480 Nuernberg, Germany
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