The public has a right to know about corporate non-compete abuse. The public has a right to know what is happening in our courts.
Critical Intervention Services, a private security company, is suing a former security guard named Michael Kenny for breach of a non-compete agreement. Michael is military veteran and single father who worked for the company for less than two weeks. Michael was working the night shift and asked if they could switch him to day shift because he was having trouble finding childcare. They told him either work your shift or find another job. So he found another job, working as a security guard at a bank. When CIS found out, they sent Michael's new employer (Securitas) a cease & desist letter threatening to sue them and Michael for the non-compete. As most companies do, Securitas panicked & fired Michael.
We took Michael's case for free & filed a lawsuit against CIS seeking a declaration that the non-compete is unenforceable. CIS countersued seeking more than $50,000+ in liquidated damages. CIS's lawyer Gabriel Pinilla out of Tampa insists the case is a pure breach of contract, the non-compete is enforceable, & that CIS has previously succeeded in enforcing its non-competes.
We disagree. The attached settlement demand should educate the public, corporate actors and members of the legal community and shine a light on this type of absurd, bad faith, abusive non-compete litigation.