Western Non Compete Contract

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Patrick M.'s Comment
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Hi guys. Here’s what happened. I applied to western express and as I did there orientation and filled out all the paperwork online I didn’t realize I signed a non compete contract that was for one year. After I completed orientation I was told I had to do 240 training hours and I decided to quit. now because of the contract I can’t get hired by another company because of the contract. Do any of you have any suggestion on what I should do or if the contract should still be valid since I didn’t receive any compensation or training from western express

G-Town's Comment
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Follow-through on the commitment that you made to them.


PJ's Comment
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You signed a contract without fully reading it, attended orientation with them then decided because they wanted 240 hours of training to leave.

It’s very simple. Complete the contract and at the end make a choice, but live up to your agreement.

240 hours is nothing compared to the rest of your career. Those contracts are written to prevent this type of situation.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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You should certainly complete the contract. Why did you decide to quit before you even started?

Patrick M.'s Comment
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I decided to quite before I started because I got a better offer from another company. My problem with this is I shouldn’t be held to this contract if I never gained any skills from this company. I have 5 months experience from another company. The fact that I never entered onto a trainers truck and hadn’t worked a single day for WE I don’t feel it should stop me from going to another company.

Steve L.'s Comment
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There will ALWAYS be a “better” deal. Your two best jobs are always your last one and your next one.

240 hours (in the trucking business) is what, 3-4 weeks? And that was too much to ask?

Your quick exit is exactly why companies make those non-compete agreements. They are in business to make money, not cater to the whims of undecided hopefuls.

Ask Western Express if you can go back. Give it your all and you WILL come out better. Maybe like Old School.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joseph I.'s Comment
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While you should live up to your word or signature. Non-competes are many times not hard to get out of but require a good lawyer and some of your money. Does this better company or deal still want you if you can get out of the NC?

Rubber Duck's Comment
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5 months experience might seem like a lot but it’s really just a drop in the bucket. Western offering you 240 hours of paid training was in your best interest and theirs to make you a better safer driver. If you had a year experience at your last job I doubt you would be in this situation. Get a lawyer to send them a letter and that might solve your problem. Just the though of going to court over this might motivate them to let you out of this contract. If not hopefully you got the time and money to fight it. Good luck.

icecold24k's Comment
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I know this isn't what you want to hear more than likely, but short of spending money on an attorney I would take the high road and call up Western Express. Apologize and do what you need to do so that you can possibly be rehired and given another chance. Suck it up and do your year. I promise it will fly by,

PackRat's Comment
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While you should live up to your word or signature. Non-competes are many times not hard to get out of but require a good lawyer and some of your money.

You base this statement on what information?

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