I have my own business & this relates to being an ind. contractor working w/ another comp.
Question Details: I worked w/ another company & signed their ind. contractor agreement. When I gave notice I was ceasing our work relationship, they immediately send me an addtl. doc. to sign & fax back. Do I have to sign this addtl. thing since we're not working together anymore? What will they do if I don't sign it? Can they compel me to sign it? They still owe me approx. $2k, they won't withhold right? This addtl. doc. seems to bind me personally into a non-compete w/ them on any industry they work in . . that's a lot of potential customers!
If you've already done work for $2k, they have to pay you--they can't withhold money you validly earned.
In particular, you do not need to sign the non-compete to get that money. They are free to never hire you again or in the future if you don't sign, but that's all they can do to you now...if they wanted more leverage or to increase the odds of you signing, they should have asked you to sign before you did the work. But since they snoozed, they lose.