Folks end up on our blog, all the time – wondering out loud to Google, “How do I make my employer give me a copy of my non-compete.”

Well, sad answer is you can’t.

That is why you should ask for a copy when you sign an agreement – always. New Rule of thumb. If your signature is on a document, and you are agreeing to terms of some contract – keep a copy.

Ok, now we are past that and you want to quit and see if you can compete. How do you ask for a copy now?

Approach 1 – “Boss, I recall signing some documents when I was hired. Might I have a copy so I know my rights and restrictions?”

Approach 2 – Quit, and wait and see if you get sued.

Approach 3 – Quit, compete – and wait for a copy that will be attached the lawsuit.

Clearly – approach 1 is worth a shot…

If you need it reviewed, give us a call.

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at