The Verge recently posted an expose on Amazon’s “non-compete” contracts it has its employees sign. These non-compete agreements force temp workers & laid off workers to agree not to work for any competitor who sells similar products as Amazon. Given the scope of products sold on Amazon, these agreements severely restrict where they can work.
“Noncompetes can also depress workers’ wages. Traditionally, a key strategy to keep employees from defecting to a competitor has been simply to offer competitive wages, but a company that uses non-compete agreements can feel less pressure to pay well.”