Did your employer promise they would not seek enforcement of your non-compete?

Did she promise you a bonus in exchange for signing a non-compete?

Did your job duties change, such that you should get a raise?

Did the boss say “not to worry” because if they had to lay you off due to the economy, you could work for anyone, despite the non-solicitation agreement.

I have some bad news…

IF THE ABOVE IS NOT IN WRITING – IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. The promises weren’t made, and your employer may come after you with what you agreed to in writing, not “conversations that occurred later.”

So please, don’t be rude, but if promises are made, ask that they be put into writing as part of your employment contract. After all, it is in every one’s best interest to be on the same page.

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