More and more companies are requiring their prospective employees to enter into employment contracts, and in this economy, most prospective employees would sign anything if it meant they were able to get a job. Employers know this, and they will exploit it unless employees attempt to protect themselves.
Now I understand that in this economy, a job is valuable and unfortunately scarce, and if someone has to agree to an arbitration clause, jury waiver provision, and a covenant not to compete, they will do it, because at the end of the day, we have to put food on the table for our family, and if it means signing an employment contract that may have significant pit falls, so be it.
If you are one of the lucky individuals to have employment options, let me strongly urge you to have an attorney review any employment contract that you are considering. Having your employment contract reviewed, should not take more than a few hours, and you will be able to rest easy knowing that your interests are being protected.
Our firm routinely reviews employment contracts for our clients, and we think it is as important as having a will drafted and owning uninsured motorists coverage.