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How to Defend Low-Wage Workers Against Noncompete Agreements

with Carol Brooke

Employers have long required white-collar and professional employees to sign noncompete agreements, which limit the employee’s ability to take a similar job within a specified geographic area or time frame. But now those agreements have made their way to low-wage workers, who have fewer skills to be able to find work in a different industry and few resources to find a job further away. And their jobs often don’t involve the kind of specialized workplace knowledge that these agreements were meant to protect. Can anything be done to defend low-wage clients against these agreements?

In our February 2018 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with Carol Brooke, a senior staff attorney with the Workers’ Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, about legal strategies for defeating noncompete agreements for low-wage workers.

For more, be sure to read her new Clearinghouse article, Maintaining Options for Low-Income Workers: How to Defend Clients Against Noncompete Agreements.

**The North Carolina Justice Center is a member of the Legal Impact Network.**

hand signing a contract

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