Sen. Rubio introduces Freedom to Compete Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCJB) -- Republican Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a piece of legislation that would protect entry level, low wage workers from non-compete agreements that limit their job opportunities.

The Freedom to Compete Act would amend a 1938 labor act to prevent employers from using non-compete agreements in contracts for certain non-exempt employees.

If the legislation is signed, it would apply only to those who qualify for a minimum wage and overtime exemption for bona fide executive, administrative, professional, and outside sales employees.

"Depending on the state," Rubio said, "people would be shocked at how many blue collar jobs where people are basically forced to sign this non-compete agreement and the minute they decide they're going to move to another job because it's closer to home, better benefits, or better pay they're told they can't or they'll get sued."

So far, the bill does not have any co-sponsors and has been read and referred to the committee on health, education, labor and pensions.