Legal Question in Employment Law in Illinois

non-compete & employment contracts

My employer requires I sell a minimum of 56 insurance policies monthly or my base wage is reduced. I signed assuming it was a reasonable standard. Now I find less than 5 of 60 employees regularly meet the minimum. That seems like too high a bar and we are prohibited to move to a competitor by their non-compete. Is this enforcable if the minimum is virtually unobtainable? I feel deceived by them and painted into a corner. I would never have agreed to if I knew ahead of time that it was almost impossible to reach the minimum sales objective.

Asked on 1/24/09, 8:49 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Kenneth J. Ashman Ashman Law Offices, LLC

Re: non-compete & employment contracts

My gut tells me there is something wrong with the arrangement -- something that the law should remedy, perhaps by making the non-compete unenforceable. I do not have the benefit of doing legal research on the point, but my gut -- after nearly 19 years of practicing law -- is usually pretty good.

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Answered on 1/24/09, 3:54 pm

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