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I run an auto repair shop. A former employee has been

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I run an auto repair shop. A former employee has been calling our customers to get them to come to his new work place. I was wondering if this is illegal in any way and I wonder what can I really do about it. Thanks.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Roger replied 1 year ago.
Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to assist. A former employee soliciting the former employer’s customers (and even its employees) and competing with one's is not “unlawful” as long as there is no valid and binding non-solicit or non-compete agreement.
Expert:  Roger replied 1 year ago.
HOWEVER, if your employee took a list of your former employer’s customers, that would be illegal because a list of customers is considered a trade secret in the law, and thus valuable property.
Expert:  Roger replied 1 year ago.
Also, the former employee cannot legally contact your customers before he left your employment. If that occurred, that would also be actionable.

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