I love a good explanation.
When I was a kid, my explanations for why I did or didn’t do something were pretty elaborate and creative. My brother was often my excuse – “Brett asked me to do it.” Or, even better “Brett said I could,” as if my twin was the grand boss of family permission.
Virginia employees often have a good – though misplaced – explanation, too, about their non-compete contract when they call to tell us they are leaving their job for another company: “I thought Virginia was a right-to-work state. How can my employer enforce a non-compete?” Clearly, they signed a written employment contract that they either (a) didn’t understand, (b) didn’t think was binding, or (c) didn’t remember signing.
So what is the source of this very common misunderstanding?