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Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
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Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 18:29:26 GMT
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Organization: Cox Communications
"Jim Thompson" wrote in message
> On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 21:47:11 GMT,
> "Mike" ,
> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> Article: ,
> Entitled: "Re: Who owns your mind?",
> Wrote the following:
> |"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> |> On Thu, 28 Nov 2002 07:42:17 GMT, the renowned "Mike"
> |> wrote:
> |> >
> |> >"Sir Charles W. Shults III" wrote in message
> |> >news:HjfF9.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> |> >> Most companies make it sound as if you had better bag groceries,
> |> >> houses, or wash cars if you leave them. Absolutely not!
> |> >
> |> >Depends on the contract you signed...
> |> I think in at least some jurisdictions a contract that makes it
> |> effectively impossible for you to earn a living in your field would be
> |> illegal, and thus unenforceable.
> |Many of my coworkers made the same argument. Our attorney assured us they
> |were all wrong: you are free to sign a contract in which you promise not
> |work as an engineer. There's nothing illegal about it.
> |-- Mike --
> You should get a new attorney. There's lots of case law saying it's
> an illegal contract.
Our attorney is no slouch.
Here's the point: I offer you $1 million to not design certain products for
the next five years. You agree, and we draw up a contract. According to our
attorney, this is perfectly legal. The non-compete clause attached to a
stock option is similar.
-- Mike --