Bounced Checks, Unpaid Overtime, and Selling Company
Hi DonnaHi DJ. I'm not sure about Wyoming, but in many states failing to pay all wages due, which would include those bounced checks and overtime, would be a defense to enforcement of your noncompete agreement. You should talk to an employment lawyer in your state about collecting what's owed to you, and about how to defend against your noncompete. To collect those unpaid wages, you could also contact the Department of Labor for help. Just remember that they are a very busy government agency.
I work in jackson Wyoming in decorative concrete work I signed a non compete with my employer and he has been dropping the ball by bouncing payroll checks not only to me but to vendors and so on. I just found out he is trying to sell the company and a lot of his clients are asking me to do their future jobs what do i do or can i do to be out of this mess. Oh and he has decided to not pay overtime and bank our hours even though we refused because we never collect them all.
As to the company being sold, it will depend on your state law and what your noncompete agreement says. If the agreement says the company can assign the agreement, or that it applies to their successors, then you may be bound even if the company is sold. Again, this will depend on your state's law. In Florida, companies didn't used to be able to assign noncompetes. Now they can.
The other issue about a sold company will be whether they continue in your line of work. If a company abandons a line of business, a geographic area, or specific customers, they have no legitimate interest to protect in keeping you from working in those lines, areas or for those customers.
Question: I signed a non compete in Kansas, and my company moved to Missouri. Is this enforceable now?
Private InvestigatorHi Private Investigator. As I mentioned to DJ above, it will depend on the facts. If your contract says that you can't compete in Kansas and the company no longer does business in Kansas, they'll have a hard time showing they have a legitimate interest to protect. However, if they do business nationwide and continue servicing Kansas customers, then the agreement may still be enforceable. Depending on your state law, you may have a defense if you're fired without cause or laid off due to the move. Here in Florida, that would not be a defense.
Sign Or Be Fired, Then Hours Cut
Hey, I live in ohio and im currenlty under a non compete for demolition and asbestos abatement. I basically forced to sign when he said "sign or I cant employ u any longer" since then my hours have dropped off the charts only receiving 16-24 hours a week making 13 $/hr, clearerly not enought to provide for my 16 month old son! I feel like I could some how get out of the non comepte due to the lack of hours provided but I dont know.Hi Chris. Some states don't allow employers to coerce you into signing by saying, "Sign or be fired." They require additional consideration, such as pay increase or promotion. However, states like Florida say that continued employment is sufficient consideration for a noncompete. Pretty crappy, huh?
In your case, however, it sounds like your employer knew they were going to cut your hours when they demanded you sign. That sounds like fraud in the inducement to me. It might be a defense to enforcement of your noncompete agreement. You should talk to an employment lawyer in your state about your rights.