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I recently accepted an offer of employment with a company here where I live (the D.C. area). On the offer letter I received and signed, it noted that signing a non-compete and confidentiality agreement was to be a condition of my employment. I realized on the first day of work that the company was not a good fit. I left after 2 and 1/2 days. I was never paid and never signed the non-compete.

None of this was really an issue until I received an offer last week from a firm that is owned by the main competitor of the previous company. I have accepted the offer of employment, but want to make absolutely sure I won't have any problems since I'm going to work for the original company's competitor.

Can anyone provide any insight? My feeling is that technically I was never an employee since I never was paid. I also don't think they could ever come after me becuase I never actually signed the agreement.

Thanks in advance.


Ex HR Guy

My guess is you are okay, but I'd have to spend an hour with you to get a higher level of certainty. It ofter depends if you receved confidential information and will be disclosing that or applying it against the source.

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