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Schwab-TD Ameritrade merger layoffs leave many ex-staffers shackled with non-compete agreements, hindering job search amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Charles Schwab Corp. has let go 1,000 mostly former TDA people -- many with generous severance pay -- but some low-level staff claim to have been subjected to vetos of new jobs under non-compete agreements tied to cashing in restricted shares

Author Lisa Shidler December 11, 2020 at 4:00 AM
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Jack Edwards: It's not like they work for an oil and gas company and know exactly where to drill.

W Weber

W Weber

December 11, 2020 — 8:07 PM
Get a good lawyer, have them file a motion for summary judgment. You are not leaving on your own accord. Non-compete most likely not enforceable.
Ned Aliscious

Ned Aliscious

December 14, 2020 — 3:35 AM
Ah yes, non-compete clauses buried in phantom options and/or restricted share grants. Such an evil and well used tactic. Surely an employment lawyer out there will be willing to take this on for all ex employees under this agreement. Who will step up and make this happen? Less than $50k and this goes away and maybe the employees can garner a little extra comp if the lawyer is good...

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