got fired from cleaning company and now clients are upset and want me to clean there houses

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got fired from cleaning company and now clients are upset and want me to clean there houses

my boss let me go because I stopped doing the training with someone for 4 months and they messed up a job and my boss told me to go fix it and I told her no that I have showed what to do for months now and she still doesn’t do it right and that I want to work by myself and she got mad and fired me.

Asked on July 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Louisiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

IF there were no contract, you could clean houses for your clients so long as *they* contacted you for it (you cannot use client information you only have from your employer to deliberately take their clients, but those clients can reach out to you). However, you indicate that you "signed a contract"; you need to have an attorney review the *exact* wording of the contract and discuss the situation with you to know whether you can clean for these clients or generally compete with your former employer. Non-competition and non-solicitation (don't "solict" or take customers) agreements are legal, but they are only enforced as per what they actually say, and they are not enforceable in all circumstances; that's why you need an attorney to review this with you.

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