I was just fired from a job after 7 years and they handed me a 5 page non-disclosure & non-compete agreement. I had to read & sign it right then, not giving me any time to process the fact I was being fired, or to have someone else look it over on my behalf before I signed. I didn't feel that I could refuse or bargain in any way. Part of it says I can't work for any of the office's competitors in the three nearest counties, so I can't apply for another job in the field where I have been working since 1997 and licensed since 2003. When I asked about this, they said I could always apply for early Social Security benefits since I'll soon be 64. I need the $500, but would depositing the check mean I can't challenge the agreement? Or is it already too late because I signed it?