Get Your Premium Membership

Madder than an Adder

My Fellow Soupers, I rarely get mad anymore, but today I am madder than an adder. Not long ago, an unemployed security guard in Florida accepted an $11/hour job at a company named CIS. The man was happy to find work, and didn't realize that CIS had him sign a non-compete agreement. Some time passed, and he accepted a similar position at a bank for $15/hour -- from which he was summarily fired after an attorney for CIS ratted on him to the bank. * All I can say is that 'there ought to be a law' against hourly employee non-compete 'agreements.' What possible 'secrets' can a security guard transfer from one position to another?! And even if he was trained from a 'proprietary training manual' of a company, so what?! Would this employee be knowledgable of the 'ins and outs' of that training manual and its 'proprietary methods?' -- He probably never even was allowed to see it if it was proprietary!! A cruel hoax has been perpetrated against Jim (the man's first name). He could not find work after his firing from the bank, as he could not apply for security guard positions. Jim wound up declaring bankruptcy. A cruel hoax is also being foisted upon decent, unsuspecting Americans everywhere. Over 30% of companies require all employees to sign non-compete agreements.* Smarmy lawyers and smug human resource personnel are in cahoots denying hard-working hourly workers and others a chance at employment and at getting ahead in life. Do these callous lawyers and HR monsters sleep at night? Are they even warm-blooded? Perhaps they are really cold-blooded reptilian snakes --- or robots. For shame on the lawyer, a Sanford Solomon, who blew the whistle on Jim. And for shame on the bank personnel who cooperated with that lawyer to fire Jim. May they pay a price in the netherworld, and soon, for such a hideous lack of compassion. I believe that there is an initiative in Congress brewing to ban or to greatly minimize the effect of such non-compete agreements. I recommend finding out about it and getting behind it. Write your Congressman and Senators with the name of the bill when it comes out. Tell them to support it unequivocally. Thank you for reading! *(P.S. You can find this story, including the facts mentioned, in the Business section of today's Wall Street Journal). God bless and help Jim -- and all of us.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021




Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 7/26/2021 3:28:00 PM
I cannot fathom this! " Over 30% of companies require all employees to sign non-compete agreements.*" What? This is nuts!
Login to Reply
Wolf Avatar
Gershon Wolf
Date: 7/26/2021 5:04:00 PM
According to the latest survey, 32% of companies require all employees to sign these non-competes.
Date: 7/23/2021 11:54:00 AM
"Might is right and justice is the will of the strong!" Despite a few thousand years, your god has not found any reason to change that concept, so the onus is on Jim to learn a new trade and find a new god?
Login to Reply
Date: 7/23/2021 8:44:00 AM
All I can say is when my wife was unfairly fired by A****n (age discrimination), she contacted a labor lawyer, and they took it from there. She was amply compensated, but better still, A****n was forced to reimburse people similarly treated throughout the company. Cost them a few thousand bucks, for sure.
Login to Reply
Wolf Avatar
Gershon Wolf
Date: 7/23/2021 11:15:00 AM
Thank you for sharing your wife's encouraging story. There are a couple of big differences though. First, Jim lived paycheck to paycheck. He couldn't afford a decent lawyer. Second, courts have consistently upheld the legality of non-compete agreements. I think that this needs to be overridden by Federal legislation. To me it's as egregious as separate bathrooms for blacks and Jews, as I saw with my own eyes in Texas in the 1950's. Just my opinion, though. Thanks again, Gershon
Date: 7/23/2021 12:31:00 AM
Not too well up on your employment laws Gershon but from what you've written it seems he was treated unfairly, can he not appeal against what looks like unfair practise. Well done for highlighting it, hope many get to read it. Tom
Login to Reply
Wolf Avatar
Gershon Wolf
Date: 7/23/2021 11:16:00 AM
He can appeal, Tom, but he's a poor hourly worker. What kind of lawyer can he afford to hire? Moreover, the legality of non-compete agreements has consistently been upheld by U.S courts. That's why I think we need a national law. Thanks for your concern, gw
Date: 7/22/2021 10:02:00 PM
In India, right to earn livelihood in the trade a person knows, is a fundamental right granted by the constitution. Any agreement in violation of the constitution is null & void. I’m sure USA has a similar or better provision. Ask Jim to check.
Login to Reply
Wolf Avatar
Gershon Wolf
Date: 7/23/2021 11:17:00 AM
No such right in our Constitution; that's for sure. In fact, our courts have consistently upheld the right of companies to demand non-compete agreements. That's why I say we need a Federal law to stop this egregious practice. Thanks for your concern, Gershon