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You risk getting sued. You should speak with a litigator. Litigation is costly and not fun, so suggest you consult an attorney.
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If you break a non-compete agreement you could be sued. Consult with a business litigationn attorney to see if the agreement is enforceable. If it is overly broad it may not be enforceable.
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Contracts / Agreements Lawyer
As my colleagues stated you could be sued. No one can tell you what will happen because there are so many factors many of which have been mentioned already. Is it enforceable? Will your former employer know about you breaking the agreement? Will your actions have an impact on your former employer? Did you get a severance as a condition of entering into the non-compete? You know the facts and you know your former employer so if you really need assistance you should consult an attorney and present all the facts.
Personal Injury Lawyer
My colleagues are correct. See a local attorney to determine whether you would be breaching the non-compete at all. And be careful - some of these agreements provide that you will pay the company's legal fees if they prevail in a lawsuit to enforce the agreement against you.
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I am not licensed to practice in New York, nor should this be taken as legal advice, however you did not say what industry you work in. If you're in the broadcast industry, you may be ok by state law, however you would have to meet the specific conditions of the law. There may be exceptions for other industries that I don't know about. I, too, advise that you consult with a lawyer in New York who knows employment law.
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