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One in 5 workers in the U.S., or some 30 million people, are estimated to have signed noncompete agreements. Many say they weren’t aware of the details and barely even remember signing them.

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One in 5 workers in the U.S., or some 30 million people, are estimated to have signed noncompete agreements. Many say they weren’t aware of the details and barely even remember signing them.

Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

Joby George was 21 years old when he got his first job out of college, working for a software company focused on the pharmaceutical industry.

He stayed with the company for 14 years, excited to play a role in making the medicines people take every day. When he eventually decided it was time for a change, he realized he might have a problem.

“I don’t remember exactly signing a noncompete, because

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