Non-Compete Clauses and Bankruptcy

The use of non-compete clauses by employers has become more frequent. Jobs that seem to have nothing particularly private or confidential often require the employee to sign a non-compete agreement. It is important to remember that non-compete clauses are difficult, but certainly not impossible, to enforce in Missouri state courts. Some employees that cannot wait for the court system and need to go back to work sometimes file bankruptcy with the intended purpose of voiding a non‑compete clause. While such an action is a radical step, it is one of many alternatives to consider instead of being unemployed due to a non-compete agreement.