When you bought your car, and signed a contract that said you would pay X$ a month or they would come take your car away, did you understand it was a binding contract?
Or what about the time you loaned your crazy cousin Joe $10,000 and had him sign a promissory note that he would pay it back, with interest in 3 years. Did you think that document was a binding contract?
Or what about the sales contract on your house that spelled out what was conveying with the property. Wasn’t that a contract?
So why in the HECK do all of the nice people of Virginia say to me “I signed an employment contract with a non-compete and non-solicitation provision, but didn’t realize those were binding or enforceable?”
I understand there are rumors about you having “a right to work” or a right to earn a living. But did it really never occur to you that the contract you signed, might actually be, well, a binding contract?
Ok. enough venting. I know there are many of you who were told non-competes are not valid in Virginia…. but those folks were not telling the truth.
They are often valid. Often enforceable. And often lead to the court house steps.
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