Can an employer terminate an employee for refusing to sign a non-compete?

Minneapolis employment law attorney Marnie DeWall explains that it is possible for an employer to fire an employee for refusal to sign a non-compete.

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Transcript:

Can an employer terminate an employee for refusing to sign a non-compete? And the general answer is yes, employment is at will and an employer can terminate and employee for any or no reason and with or without notice as long as it’s not discriminatory in nature. An employer can at any time tell an employee we need you to sign this non-compete and if you don’t we’re not going to continue your employment and that’s perfectly legal. And by the same token, at the beginning of the hiring process as the employer tells the employee, potential employee, that they may to sign the agreement that can be a bar to employment if the employer refuses to do so.