WWE recently released a number of wrestlers, most of whom are still under a 90 day non-compete clause by the company.
US President Joe Biden recently addressed these clauses, claiming that he thinks they are ‘ridiculous’. Biden said:
“I made a speech back in 2018 where I talked about the non-compete clauses that were, I found it to be absolutely ridiculous with how prevalent they were throughout businesses. At least one in three businesses require their workers to sign a non-compete agreement. These aren’t just high paid executives. Recent studies found that one in five workers without a college education are subject to non-compete agreements. Think of a 26 year old employee of a company, she’s a star worker but she isn’t being treated right. She’s underpaid, passed over for promotions. Competitor across the street knows it and wants to bring her in on a higher wage, but she can’t do it. Her company threatens legal action over a non-compete clause that she had to sign in order to get hired in the first place. She can’t afford a lawyer to help, so she’s locked in. Imagine if you’re in her shoes, you’d feel powerless, disrespected, bullied, trapped. That’s not right. Workers should be free to take another job if someone offers it. If your employer wants to keep you, he or she should make it worthwhile for you to stay.
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It should be noted that Biden did not mention WWE, but this edict could affect them should it come to pass.
Non-compete clauses were in the wrestling news a lot this week, with Malakai (Aleister) Black making his AEW debut before his alleged 90 days were up, due to WWE forgetting to update the days on his non-compete clause.