I sell ads on products for restaurants. I signed a contract with a company almost 2 years ago that states all glassware I do must be done through him. He says if I want out I must send him a written notice and refrain from selling on these products for 2 years.
The critical question is whether you are an employee. Massachusetts recently limited the ability of employers to restrict employees with non-competes. It is likely the arrangement you describe would be unenforceable under the new statute.
Whether the agreement is enforceable if you are not an employee is another question, but generally non-competes are valid only if they protect trade secrets or similar proprietary information. Not clear if that is present here.
I would consult with a Mass employment attorney. I don't do that work, but know a number of very good attorneys who do. Or you could re-post your question on Avvo, clarifying whether you are an employee. If you think you are, you might try the category Employment and Labor.
In any case, I doubt that you can get clear of this without good legal advice and a strongly worded letter from a lawyer.
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