It is very common for Executives to be bound by Employment Agreements; however a lead story in the New York Times[1] indicates that companies are having employees at much lower levels, including hourly workers, sign non-competes.  Worse still, they are being rigidly interpreted and enforced, causing tremendous anxiety and expense to workers.  A few states are prohibiting these contracts but the majority do not.  It is important that the potential signers must be aware of the risks to their future employment opportunities when they sign away their rights.

[1] The New York Times, Sunday Business, Losing the Right to a New Job, May 14, 2017