What to do if m ex-employer is keeping me from getting a new job?

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After 12 years of employment my employer discharged me and I am now collecting unemployment. My job was install technician - I programmed and installed computer systems for restaurants and trained the staffs. I was required to sign an "Agreement of Employment Containing Covenant Not To Compete". I have had 2 job opportunities and both times my former employer has contacted my perspective employer indicating that I could not work for them due to my non-compete. My most recent opportunity is pretty much the same work as what I had been doing. It does not include soliciting business however my perspective employer has asked that I work this out. Can you provide my options?

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