Can my employer stop me from getting a second job?

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Can my employer stop me from getting a second job?

I work in medical imaging – MRI and CT. Recently a new employee handbook was issued that requires me to ask my employer’s permission before I get a second job doing similar work for a competitor. It would really be more like consulting work in that I would be assisting a start-up with getting their accreditation so they can bill their patients’ insurance carriers. Right now they

are a cash only business.

Asked on June 14, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Nebraska


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Most employment is "at will". This means that an employer can set the conditions  of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes prohibiting an employee from outside employment. That is unless this action violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Also, it cannot constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination. For their part, an employee can either comply with their company's policy, refuse and risk termination, or quit.

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