I was working at a start-up for almost two years and decided to resign because of the toxic work environment. They initially offered me a counter offer but once I declined they came back to me a few days later telling about a Business Protection Agreement I had signed while accepting the offer. They asked me to CC them in a mail to the new employer telling about the agreement. The BPA has a non-compete clause which is very broad and practically unenforceable. I replied to them saying that I assure you that I haven't and not going to disclose anything proprietary. They also asked me to give in details about what I have discussed in the interview about my duties and also the details of my role which I refused by just stating that I am not going to a direct competitor and also not disclosed anything. I have only 5 days left and the CEO just asks me the same thing multiple times every day. Even today suddenly he/she came and asked to show what I was chatting with someone at work invading my personal space. What do you suggest I do in this situation.
Just googled for you :
Non-compete agreements are not viewed favorably under North Carolina law. To be valid, they must be designed to protect a legitimate business interest of the employer. If it is too broad to be considered a reasonable protection of the employer's business, it will not be enforced.