Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements are part of hiring contracts, and are legally binding on the employee or contractor. They are designed to prevent the person from stealing corporate secrets by taking them to another company, or by setting up their own competing business.
Non-compete and non-disclosure clauses must be limited in duration, in geographical scope, and in other ways. They may be challenged on whether their limits are reasonable. They are not intended to prevent a former employee from working in their field.
Dawn Stanley from Thomas Law Firm, PC spoke to the Ivy Tech Fort Wayne IT Club on November 13, 2019 about non-compete and non-disclosure agreements that engineers are likely to sign.