Bullshit! Non-compete agreements are a bullshit practice to begin with... but in the sandwich-making business? Gimme a break!
This is corporate heavy-handed baloney. These are at-will, hourly employees with zero job security, and yet they are pressured to sign two-year non-compete agreements with any company that might make a sandwich?! (Probably their only career option if they get fired from Jimmy John's.) The gall of Jimmy John's just boggles the mind.
I'm not buying any of their shityy sandwiches. You do the same, if you care about the working man.
Meanwhile, we need national laws banning non-compete agreements except in exceptional circumstances. I mean, for Christsake, if you can make a sandwich is that really top-secret company knowledge?!
P.S. -- About a month ago I visited Jimmy John's near my house once just out of curiosity and there was a black guy at the cash register -- it doesn't matter that he was black, except that only 3.4 percent of people in my voting district are black... -- and he was leaning on a cane with a broken leg. I commiserated and asked how he was doing, we exchanged pleasantries and I wished him well, but... I worry about that guy and guys like him who have no choice but to work on broken legs just to earn minimum wage as a cashier, with all this non-compete and corporate baloney on top of it.
UPDATE (10.22.2014): Just to be accurate and fair to individual JJ franchisees, it's up to each of them to decide to use these non-compete agreements or not. It's not clear how many JJ restaurants actually do, and if they do, for all their employees or just some. Regardless, it's a stupid corporate policy suggestion from Jimmy John's and is certainly winning them tons of negative PR and perhaps upcoming federal action. See: "Jimmy John's Noncompete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny."
Jimmy John's Makes Low-Wage Workers Sign 'Oppressive' Noncompete Agreements
By Dave Jamieson
October 13, 2014 | Huffington Post