CONTACT US 24/7

Your Employment Law and Litigation Professionals

Supporting Your Workplace Rights

Non-Compete Agreement Dispute: Solicitations Via LinkedIn Not Enough

In our experience, LinkedIn is the worst enemy of employees navigating the dangers of working at a new employer.   We have seen many situations where a new employee posts his or her new job and LinkedIn publicizes this to the employee’s connections.  The problem is that usually employees from the old job (where the non-compete or other restrictions exist) get notified of everything that is being done because they are still connected.   This is not to say LinkedIn is doing anything wrong:  its business model seems to focus on promoting professional advancement,  But, when an former employer gets notified from LinkedIn, the former employee’s potential restrictive covenant/non-solicitation/non-compete issues are now front and center and there is evidence of this.

The Illinois Appellate Court recently issued a pro-employee ruling wherein a former employee’s LinkedIn account sent out emails.  The court found that this was not a violation of his agreement.  The Court held that “the undisputed facts established that the invitations to connect via LinkedIn were sent from Gelineau’s LinkedIn account through generic e-mails that invited recipients to form a professional connection.”

 

  • Free Case Review

    * (See Disclaimer Below)
  • Contact Us





  • Click here to fill out our Wage and/or Overtime Potential Client Intake Form

    Click here to fill out our general Employee Potential Client Intake Form

  • "The information contained on this site, submitting a case to us, and/or discussing your case with us does NOT create an attorney-client relationship. Only an executed engagement letter will create an attorney-client relationship. In other words, we are not your lawyer until we agree through a written engagement letter to be your lawyer. Please do not send any confidential information to us until an attorney-client relationship has been established through a written contract."