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I have an Aunt who is no longer able to find a job in the industry she originally worked due to a legal battle with someone who is well known and respected in that industry.

She has a job in a different industry now and makes significantly less [like 50%]. She doesn't think she'll be able to retire before 70 because of it.

Admittedly, the industry was very small and incestuous and it isn't like Tech where labor holds alot of power at present.

I also have a family friend who is an idiot and did something similar for stupid reasons [it turns out he signed paperwork he thought he never had, didn't keep copies]. He ended up in a government job eventually but he spent a couple years on welfare because he didn't believe my parents when they told him no one would hire him.

It really has an impact, at least anecdotal. It is possible I'm unusual in having close relationships with 2 people who had this happen and its much rarer in the general population.




family friend who is an idiot and did something similar for stupid reasons [it turns out he signed paperwork he thought he never had

Was it a noncompete?


It wasn't a noncompete. It was an invention agreement.


Was it something like "we own your inventions while you work for us, and a year after you stop working for us"?

I've gotten that clause myself in an employee agreement. The company wanted me to sign and they said their lawyers "wouldn't let them" change it.


Basically, yes.

He should have tried [or not done what he did]. However, he made a mistake and paid for it.




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