I worked for a company in NJ for 37 years as an inside sale rep. and live in Pennsylvania recently resigned I would like to continue to work and I do not have a non compete or non disclosure agreement would I be liable for any other laws if I contacted my former clients because my former owner likes to sue for any reason. Thank You!!
There is a good article on the Avvo website, written by Casey B. Green, about what is called "Tortious Interference Claims in Pennsylvania (Absence of Privilege or Justification Defined)" . Essentially, your former employer may bring a lawsuit against you for interfering with his existing and potential clients and business relationships, under certain circumstances., even if there is no non-compete or similar applicable contractual requirement. I suggest you read this article in detail. If you have any further questions, perhaps Mr. Green wold be a good attorney to contact.
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Since your company is in NJ, I would talk to an attorney who practices employment law there as well as in PA. (It's pretty common to be licensed in both states.) That way you can find out which state's law will apply. Also see if you have any type of employment agreement at all with your employer, and bring that to the attorney for review. There may be an applicable provision that escaped your notice.
However, whatever the law is, if your employer likes to sue, you may find yourself with a lawsuit anyway. Talk to a lawyer privately to see what he or she recommends. Good luck to you.
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