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American Jobs: The Ties that Bind

Why are so many US workers forced into job contracts that make it hard for them to leave?

Why are so many US workers forced into job contracts that make it hard for them to leave? Employers routinely ask new recruits to agree to "non-compete" clauses when they start work. This means they might be unable to work for a competitor company, or to set up on their own. Is this a good way to protect intellectual property or an unnecessary infringement of workers' rights? Claire Bolderson goes to Massachusetts to explore the personal and economic impact of the legislation and asks if reform might, finally, be a possibility.

Producer: Rosamund Jones

Photo: Claire Bolderson in Boston, Massachusetts
Credit: BBC

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