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Star Tribune: Franken finds sandwich shop’s noncompete rule ridiculous

Evidently Jimmy John’s doesn’t want its employees using their “freaky fast” sandwich-making skills at other sandwich shops. The company, along with some other retailers, requires low-wage workers to sign agreements which specify that they will not work for competitors if they leave their jobs.

In an interview with the Star Tribune, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called those agreements “ridiculous.”

Franken said it is disturbing that low-wage workers would be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. But to make matters worse, he said workers often aren’t’t told that their jobs include the restriction as a condition of their employment.

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