Jimmy John’s had a ridiculous restriction for former employees.
In June of this year, the Illinois-based sandwich chain Jimmy John’s vowed to end a controversial employment practice that the New York attorney general’s office had described as “unlawful.” Jimmy John’s had prohibited former employees from obtaining work at establishments that competed with them for two years after leaving the company. It also restricted departing employees from working within two miles of a Jimmy John’s location that generated 10% of its revenue from sandwiches.
Non-compete agreements are commonly associated with research and tech jobs, occupations where employers are often looking to protect trade secrets. However, many are unaware of the fact they are regularly extended to low-wage jobs. Writing about her own experience with a non-compete, Stephanie Russell-Kraft pointed out on AlterNet that:
“Unlike traditional non-compete agreements, the new brand of mass-market non-compete contract is unnecessarily broad, overly harsh and targeted at those employees who are least likely to be able to fight back, whether in negotiations or in court.
“Over the last few years, examples of outrageous non-compete agreements for low-income employees have trickled in at a slow but steady pace.”