ControlEngineer - 7:02 pm on Jul 21, 2005 (gmt 0)
I don't think Lee's problem is covering the rent. Most people who desperately need a job do have much more to worry about than NC contract terms. They are taken advantage of in worse ways--like knowing that if they report their employer for violation of wage-hour or safety laws they will lose their job and future employement. Most of the times I have to sign a contract it is for short term work and to lose it won't be that bad. In the recent economic slump I had to enter agreements that I would have walked away from when times were better.
the thing is that most people--by far-- desperately need the job to pay this month's rent or mortgage. That was my point. People worry how the tie will reflect during the interview, imagine asking for a change to, what they are told is a standard, ND or NC agreement.
Microsoft certainly would not want Google to know about MSN Internet search applications. It could be to Google's advantage to know about a future competitor. Likewise, if I were developing a new word processor to compete against MS Word (fat chance!) I would not want Microsoft to have any advance info or inside info and would do what I legally could to protect the information. Chance are great that I would be crushed even if MS didn't have inside information. If they had the inside information, my chances would be far worse.
According to the lawsuit, for a time Lee had been the person "responsible for overall development of the MSN Internet search application."
I could understand the legal uproar if he was leaving Google for Microsoft, but the other way around?