SCARY THOUGHT 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

Forget chain saws and evil spirits. You know what really scares me?

A badly written non-compete agreement. You know the type.

Some HR director drafts an agreement based on cutting and pasting language from the Internet – and then asks 100 employees to sign it, no explanation, no chat, no bonus – just “SIGN HERE.”

Well, employees are literate and thankfully read the agreement, wondering WHAT DOES THIS ODD DOCUMENT MEAN?

1. Ask what it means and get opinion in writing.
2. Ask to re-write it such that it actually does make sense.
3. Sign it and pray to God that a Virginia judge also thinks it is terribly written and unenforceable.
4. Don’t sign it and see what happens (yes – they can fire you for not signing a non-compete agreement).

Scares you, doesn’t it. It certainly scares me this Halloween eve.

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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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