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Submission + - Non-Competes in California... do they hold up? 2

CrapTastix writes: I'm considering leaving the company I've worked at for the past several years, but in light of the whole Microsoft, Google and Kai-Fu Lee event I am wondering about real world experience with non-competes and California law.

I've worked several years at consulting company that has a very long non-compete section in their employment contract. I live in California and lived in CA when I signed it and have done most of my work for the company in California. In the contract it has the usual non-compete verbiage: can't work in their industry (or any industry they may get into), poach their employees or contact their clients for a year. The company is out of Washington State... that's why the Google/MS conflict comes to mind.

I am just rank and file, but was given the non-compete papers with all the other papers when I started and was faced with a, "sign these or don't get the job" moment. In the back of my head I had the factoid that California does not honor non-competes so I wasn't too worried about it.

Does anyone out there have a real world story with a non-compete and how California deals with it? Any suggestions for a smooth exit?

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