I run 3 small business, one of them is manufacturing a very technical electronic device. Those 3 employees have non-compete clauses that will be strictly enforced if necessary, but the employees of the other 2 businesses are generally free to come and go even though they also have signed the non compete clause. It all depends on the nature of the job being done. I can't afford to have technical details about our instrument get out, and I can see why Jim Koch had to take this action. The employee had detailed (and very current) info about marketing and sales strategies. This wouldn't prevent him from working for Anchor, it just means he can't work in the beer marketing division. It is essentially industrial espionage.