Former WSCR-AM host Mike Murphy sues CBS Radio
Yeah, this will get him work.
An excerpt from his agreement included in the lawsuit says that he was not to enter into any agreements within 50 miles of the station unless he first offered his services under similar terms to the CBS station.
CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo declined to comment.
The lawsuit was filed as a class action on behalf of all Illinois CBS broadcast employees with such covenants working at the station since Jan. 1, 2002.
Non-compete agreements are illegal in Illinois?
Short answer, Nope. Slightly longer answer, so long as they are reasonablely tailored as to scope and length, don't prohibit the employee from seeking gainful employment (because forcing people on unemployment is against public policy), and have a reasonable business purpose, non competes are generally legal in Illinois. This one, which basically keeps Murph out of the Chicago AM market, seems perfectly reasonable to me.I predict....
that this suit isn't going anywhere. If I advised WSCR, however, I'd tell them to settle, as having Murph as competition would be far better from their perspective than just about anyone else.