This bill is long overdue.
For almost two years I've been legally harassed by a former employer who has sought to ruin my career and put my new startup company out of business.
They've done this by abusing the state court system and hauling a five-year old and completely dated non-compete out of the trash can and using it against me.
This non-compete doesn't even apply to what my former employer or I do today. They're doing this to cover up their own misdeeds, their wrongful termination of my employment and to silence me about their own glaring business malfeasance which I exposed as a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower.
This bill must pass to prevent this kind of legal terrorism and de facto slavery from happening in our state in the future.
These non-compete agreements do nothing but tie up our state courts with worthless cases. Corporations do not use these non-compete agreements to protect themselves or their interests.
Rather, they abuse them to harass former employees and to prevent their existing employees from speaking out when they witness corporate wrong doing.
It's time for Connecticut to follow the lead of California and Florida and ban these absurd agreements. Corporations who wish to protect their intellectual property can do so just as effectively with simple confidentiality agreements.