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I recently left my position at a local family owned business due to being asked to resign because I didn't have a touchy feely attitude. I have been the sole in office employee for 2 years and once the owners added in a new office person, decided I wasn't a good fit any longer. From day one with the company I have been helping them "grow" their company to what it is today. Everything from all training of in-field staff to writing the manuals for every department. I have no paperwork on file whatsoever. They never had me fill anything out, sign anything, nothing. However, I was the one that helped in developing the paperwork and forms for the overall company, but never signed anything myself.
I am considering opening my own company now. Do they have anything to stand on in order to sue me?From my understanding of what people are answering, I do agree that the manuals belong to them. As for opening my own competing business I would create my own documents, logo, trainings, and manuals specific to my own company. The type of company or service would be the same, but I would differentiate it from theirs. My question would be, since I have no offer letter, no files, no paperwork on ever even working for them except a paycheck; can they try to sue my company even if I change those documents?
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