The debate over a possible ban of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts has flared up again in the Legislature. Lawmakers are considering whether current law strikes a fair balance between protecting employers' trade secrets and ensuring that employees have reasonable opportunities to change jobs, start new companies and innovate.
As you may already know, government regulations such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act exist as a way to prevent employers from discriminating against their employees. Though many employees are unaware of these protections, most are happy that they have them, especially if their claim of discrimination leads to litigation. That's because these regulations not only hold employers accountable for violating employment law, they also give employees remedy when a violation occurs.