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Hello. I live in Indiana. I have recently left my job at a dental lab. I was paid weekly for signing a non-compete contract. I cannot work for another dental lab within 100 miles for 1 year. Indiana has the Right to Work Law and I didn't know if that would affect this contract. We were not in any type of union. Thank you
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do everything I can to answer your question.

"Right to work" laws are something that most people misunderstand. Such laws simply make union membership non-compulsory. In other words, employees have a "right to work" without being forced to join a union. It has nothing to do with a right to generally be employed and does not have any application to your situation.

In Indiana non-compete agreements may be enforced by the employer so long as they are reasonable with regard to time and geographical area. An agreement prohibiting competition for 1 year within 100 miles would almost certainly meet this definition of reasonable. So, I'm afraid there is probably nothing that an individual in your circumstance can do to avoid your non-compete obligations

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