Can my employer prohibit me from hiring away coworkers if I leave?
California law prohibits noncompete agreements and some forms of nonsolicitation agreements.
I just started a new job in California, and one of the forms they asked me to sign was about soliciting employees after I leave. It basically says that, if I leave the company for any reason, I agree that I won't solicit any of my coworkers to join me. I don't know if I should sign it. I'm just starting this job, so I'm obviously not making plans for after I leave or get fired. On the other hand, it seems kind of weird that they would ask me to agree to this. What if a coworker wants to come work for me and I want to hire him or her? Can an employer really prohibit that?