I`ve been in the planning stages of setting up a new company in the same line of business as my current employer. My issue is that I have a pretty strict non-compete agreement. In a nutshell it states that I can`t work anywhere in the industry within a 300 mile radius for the period of one year.
Before I started working here, I brought up the harshness of the agreement with my employer. He stated it was to protect the company`s interests, and the intent was not to keep me from working in the future, I have that particular statement in writing in an e-mail, but on paper it says different. I have no intention of going after any of the company`s clients or prospects, and planning targeting different types of customers, as well as a different operating structure.
I`ve done a ton of research about this on the internet, and most resources state that an agreement that is so restrictive that it prevents you from making a living or becoming employed in your trained field is not valid in court.
Does anyone have any feedback or comments?