BE A SMART EMPLOYEE 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

For my Gen Xers and Gen Yers (you know who you are if you (1) have a facebook page; or (2) myspace profile; (3) a Blog; or (4) a profile on Linked in), LISTEN UP!

Be careful what you post on these websites.

If you are going to leave your company – and have a non compete (even if you are not going to breach the non-compete) be careful what you post.

Don’t post info about when you are going to start a company, or quit your job, or what you think about your current employer. They are watching, and looking – and if and when you leave, their lawyers will be watching and looking like crazy!

Hard to argue “I had no intention of starting my own company and serving these old clients” when your linked in profile states “I left my old job to start my new company.”

or, hard to say “I didn’t ever take proprietary information home or load it onto my home computer” when your blog says – “spent the day at home yesterday, making client calls.”

Always be honest, but know, that even exaggerations on the Internet look like TRUTH – and you don’t want all of these comments, admissions or statements, coming back to you in court someday!

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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

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