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Poll: Have you ever infringed a non-competition contract and got caught?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever infringed a non-competition contract and got caught?".

This poll was originally submitted by Alexandra Villeminey. View the poll results »



 

Susana E. Cano Méndez  Identity Verified
Spain
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Answer missing Oct 27, 2016

Is it me or there is a possibility missing: No, I never infringe non-competition contracts?

 

Khanda
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Pacta sunt servanda Oct 27, 2016

And no, it doesn't feel like I'm missing out on the experience.

 

Cetacea  Identity Verified
Switzerland
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My thought exactly, Susana Oct 27, 2016

Susana E. Cano Méndez wrote:

Is it me or there is a possibility missing: No, I never infringe non-competition contracts?


No, it's not just you, but maybe we're a dying breed...icon_wink.gif


 

Béatrice DEZERALD  Identity Verified
France
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Answer missing Oct 27, 2016

Same as Susana and Cetacea !

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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No! Oct 27, 2016

As others have already said, there's an answer missing!

My word and my signature are good as gold: once I put my signature on something I will not (willingly) infringe it… Anyway, over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have acquired a good client’s base and I see no need to engage in active marketing: clients find me, not the other way around.


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Nope Oct 27, 2016

but surprising how many have

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Me too Oct 27, 2016

Susana E. Cano Méndez wrote:

Is it me or there is a possibility missing: No, I never infringe non-competition contracts?


I voted no, but of course, that means no to infringing a contract!

I was quite worried, in fact, the first time I found the same end client working with a different agency from the one they usually worked with, and I was offered the job. It is sometimes a small world in my language pair.
However, I had only promised not to disclose anything confidential, and by not disclosing anything at all, I was not in trouble.

This is an issue I take very seriously, and I sometimes notify an agency if I think there is any risk. I do not give references from clients to other possible clients either, because I do not reveal who I work for to their competitors.

[Edited at 2016-10-27 10:20 GMT]


 

Elina Sellgren  Identity Verified
Finland
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Damn Oct 27, 2016

I answered quickly with No, never, to get brownie points, until I realised that my answer implies I have infringed a non-compete! To me, it is unbelievable that someone might even consider infringing a contract knowingly.

Is there a way to delete poll answers?


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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No Oct 27, 2016

Oops! I was just answering the first part: Have you you ever infringed a non-competition contract... and did not see the last part 'and got caught'

The only danger would be that in some rare cases I am already working with a client they count as 'theirs'.

If I am aware of such situation (it happened twice), I will mention it together with the signed agreement, and fortunately I have plenty of emails etc. to document my position.



[Edited at 2016-10-27 09:37 GMT]


 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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With Elina Oct 27, 2016

Just goes to show that one should never answer poll questions without thinking properlyicon_wink.gif

Anyway, I would never knowingly infringe a contract. However, I'm a bit shocked to see that there are quite a few people who don't seem to have a problem with doing so. But then again, being a translator doesn't make one a better person.


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Other: I don't understand the question Oct 27, 2016

This must be an agency thing. Does it mean that you promise not to work for "the competition"?

 

Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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No! Oct 27, 2016

I never infringed a non-competition contract. Period!
(What kind of a question is this, really?)


 

Laura Bissio CT  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Missing answer... Oct 27, 2016

Ana Vozone wrote:

I never infringed a non-competition contract. Period!
(What kind of a question is this, really?)


My thoughts exactly!


 

Giovana Zaltron  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Same here! Oct 27, 2016

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

This must be an agency thing. Does it mean that you promise not to work for "the competition"?


 
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