Hi my name is Donnie Coan. I recently got a new job as the Executive Chef of a restaurant. I signed a document but don't know if it is legally binding. I got another job offer which is way better and I would like your advice.
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The question of whether it is legally binding is one question and the other, more important one to you is whether it actaully restricts you from taking another job. While employment agreements work both ways, the one more fully bound tends to be the employer as you can always walk away from a job, anything less would be akin to slavery and slavery was abolioshed by the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. There could be a non-compete clause. All in all, you can't possibly give enough and SHOULDN'T give enough information on this site--expecially since you have given your name--for anyone to tell you your options. You need to make an appointment with a business/employment lawyer to review the agreement and let you know what you are able to do.
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Non-compete agreements in Ohio can be legally enforceable against employees. If you signed a non-compete agreement, it might be legally binding on you. The non-compete needs to be narrowly tailored, for a reasonable amount of time, and a reasonable geographic area. There are also ways to have a non-compete declared unenforceable, for example if the employer breached one of its duties to you, such as paying you the agreed upon salary, etc.
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