Camp Bow Wow, a dog-sitting chain, makes its workers sign non-compete agreements that bar them from plying any of the “trade secrets” they learn walking dogs at any other animal day care centers for up to two years.
1. Do you think that these quasi-feudal non-compete contracts should be illegal for everyone other than senior executives?
2. According to the article, why are more companies using non-compete clauses?
3. Find a recent case where a non-compete clause has been enforced for a worker at a level other than a senior executive. Find a recent case where a non-compete clause has been enforced against a senior executive. Compare and contrast the two cases.
4. What type of “trade secrets” do you think are involved in dog-walking?
O’Brien, M. (2014) Capitalism is officially broken: Even doggy day care workers have non-competes now. Washington Post, Dec. 2 (Retrievable online at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/02/capitalism-is-officially-broken-even-doggy-day-care-workers-have-non-competes-now/?hpid=z4)