Since you worked in California, your employment contract is subject to California law -- which absolutely prohibits noncompete clauses (legally termed "restrictive covenants') in employment contracts. Bus. & Prof. Code 16600
. Thus, the former employer cannot prevent you from competing or using your general knowledge
gained in employment or elsewhere as an asset with a new employer.However
, the employer can
enforce a confidentiality agreement. So, if you have specific
knowledge of the employer's products or services, designs, manufacturing processes, customer lists, source code, algorithms, etc., then you cannot disclose those things to a new employer, or use them in your work, or you are subject to liability for the disclosures.
Hope this helps.
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