My name isXXXXX am in the Dallas Texas area. I have worked as an independent insurance adjuster since 2005. Beginning in 2005, my wife and I through a business we owned established a insurance training company which trains insurance adjusters. We had our training school certified by the Texas Department of Insurance as a CEU provider on our certification classes. We have taught out classes on going since 2006. During this time, my wife and I have taken temporary
work of large property insurance companies during large weather related events.
During one of these times of temporary employment for a large insurance carrier, I learned of new permanent position coming available. I spoke with the company manager about me becoming a permanent employee. I explained that we also run our training company, providing Texas adjuster licenses, and software training. I explained that I did not want to jeopardize our business by taking a permanent job and being unable to function within the business conducting classes on my own time. After a discussion, he said there were appeared to be no conflict of interest, I only needed to disclose this on their Code of Conduct if hired. This is one of the companies I had previously worked as a leased employee since 2008, AFTER I started the training company. Since 2008, this company has hired many adjusters who had previously attended our training classes.
Subsequently, I applied, made full disclosure of our business, and during multiple interviews
this was not an issue. I was offered a final offer and accepted and started work on June 10, 2013. On the first day or two I had to fill out their code of conduct in which I disclosed my part ownership in the corporation and I would do classes for the our company on an as needed basis. I had to sell my house in Houston, paid large real state fees to sell it, and had to pay all my own moving expenses to take the new job. I was required to attend an almost 8 week training being indoctrinated in to the position with the company.
I complete their training this week and was stationed in my new office.
My new immediate supervisor on my second day pulled me into a conference room with a legal document that stated that I would have to sign an agreement that I would not do any training in our family business, and I could have no daily activity in the business. I had already explained that my wife was running the business on a daily basis. I explained that what he was purposing did effect my wife and I asked to take a copy of the document he wanted me to sigh home for her review as well. I was told he could read the document, I could read it, but I could not have a copy of review. I agreed to at least discuss with my wife.
The next day, we had a second meeting and I voice my concerns that I accepted the job with full disclose with my original manager regarding my concerns and he assured that this was not a conflict, I only needed to disclose it regarding our training business. Additionally, I referenced that I had documented it on my application, and went through their entire interview process ( 3 interviews) and this was no issue. I had also previously answered additional questions they had when I signed their code of conduct. I explained that I relied on their good faith and interview process and accept their offer based on the information I was provided. I explained I believe that there is detrimental reliance based on the fact that I did full disclosure up front and throughout their hire process, and now after I incurred all the expense of moving and spending 8 weeks in their training, now they want me to sign a document that I cannot have legal representative review. I have been given until Monday at noon to respond. My manager actually said he would hate to lose me. This situation makes me feel like I am in a hostile
environment and afraid of losing my job unless I agree to sign their document. WHAT SHOULD I DO?