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There is no definitive rule that an independent contractor can never be subject to a non-compete agreement.
That aside, non-compete agreements are not viewed favorably in the State of Washington, but they are enforceable. The courts always ask if the restraint is reasonable and what is the independent contractor giving up.
Washington courts will analyze a non compete as follows: (1) Whether the restraint on the employee is necessary for the protection of a legitimate business interest; (2) whether the restraint imposed upon the employee is any greater than reasonably necessary to secure that business interest; and (3) whether the degree of injury to the public at losing you as an employee is so great as to warrant a refusal to enforce the non compete.
These independent contactor agreement are contracts, and under the law there must be consideration to support the contract. Consideration can simply be employment.
Geographical and time restraints are very closely scrutinized in independent contractor agreements. In Washington it has been held that a 2 year restriction is generally too broad. Stealing clients is always viewed as a reasonable reason to enforce a non-compete, as long as it follows the three point analysis above.
You should have an attorney licensed in Washington to review the contract, but you could make an analysis based upon the above answer. I could not review it for you at this time.
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