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Question: I was terminated because my live-in boyfriend started a competitive business. I was informed at termination I would not be eligible for UI because "competing with employer or aiding competitor" clause. Is this true? I was not informed of this rule at the time I was hired.

Answer: Clauses not to compete must follow strict guidelines and cannot be overbroad but do exist and can be enforced and can be upheld in court. The clause would be contained in the employment contract or handbook. If you believe that you have been unjustly terminated you may wish to seek the advice of an employment attorney. Attorneys can be found through the Legal LEARN line or through the find a lawyer link on the State Bar of Arizona's website.

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  • I was terminated because my live-in boyfriend started a competitive business. I was informed at termination I would not be eligible for UI because "competing with employer or aiding competitor" clause. Is this true? I was not informed of this rule at the time I was hired.

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