Non-competition agreements have been around for a long time. They have usually been used for saelsmen who have access to cloesly guarded customer lists and to doctors. But, now, they have been uased for hourly employees at a sandwich chain. Jimmy John’s has been sued because it requires employees to agree they will not work for another sandwich chain for two years after leaving Jimmy John’s. The agreements apply to all of the Jimmy John’s 2000 locations. See San Antonio Express News report.
That would significantly affect the ability of a worker to find new employment making sandwiches. For some folks, who live paycheck to paycheck, that is a huge burden. All I can say is some employers have no conscience.