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Im a 1099 hair dresser (independent contractor). The hair

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I'm a 1099 hair dresser (independent contractor). The hair salon which accepted my position sent me a contract stating non-competing within 5 miles radius if left or fired, which is common but they specified all the prominant districts regardless of thr distance. Is this legal?
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I am unclear what you mean by all prominent districts. Is the restriction 5 miles or more than 5 miles?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Some are more than 5 miles. The contract is standard forms which they use for all employees and 1099 contractors. It states that whomever leaves within 2 years after hired needs to pay $7,000 for the training however, I was an instructor for the well known academy and the owner is hiring me for that reason and no training or any other education/compensation are provided. I can ask to modify the contract to waive the fee, correct?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX the additional information.

Yes, in view of your experience and circumstances, you must modify this agreement. There is no reason for you to face this penalty if they have not provided training.

Additionally, you should not be held to any restriction outside the 5 mile radius.

You should attempt to modify both those provisions.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for confirming my thoughts. I have a last thought and your response is greatly appreciated. As I mentioned, they are hiring me as an independent contractor, no training, marketing, or any other compensations are provided except for my commissions. Typically the salon owners invest at least in marketing however this salon owner specifically mentioned that no marketing is provided, so the salon benefits from my cut of 50% and my service fee is the double of what the owner charges, hence they are just benefiting from my services not investing in any but just a chair space. Do you think it is reasonable to ask this owner to hire me without the contract?
Thank you for following up with me.

I think it is a better idea to negotiate the terms of the contract so that there is no confusion as to the terms. Working without any contract is possible, but it leaves you somewhat unprotected.

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