California Employment Law
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Generally, in California, restraints on trade applied through non-compete agreements are illegal and void for employees and independent contractors.
Contract impossibility may serve as a defense for your having to complete the contract. Impossibility is when the duties and contractual obligations of one party cannot be fulfilled under normal circumstances such as a key performer gets injured with no one to replace them. Also, you may be able to argue that any breach of contract damages the company seeks against you should be offset through a negligence claim against its employee and the company through the doctrine of respondeat superior.
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