Federal courts applying Illinois law continue to side with employers in maintaining that former employees should not avoid liability for breaching employment agreements based on duration of employment.
In Traffic Tech, Inc. v. Kreiter (2015 WL 9259544), the plaintiff, a Canadian-based transportation management company, hired defendant Jared K. as vice president of business development. The company paid him a $250,000 signing bonus and the equivalent in annual salary, plus commissions. Jared K. signed an employment agreement promising not to disclose or use the company’s confidential information or to solicit its clients or employees for 18 months after termination of employment. He also agreed not to engage in an “outside job” that would be in direct conflict with Traffic Tech’s business. Continue reading ›