OLD Media Moves

Black Enterprise staffers upset about non-compete clause

December 1, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Richard Prince of The Maynard Institute writes that employees of Black Enterprise magazine are resisting efforts to sign a non-compete clause.

Black EnterprisePrince wrote, “Management’s efforts come after a number of departures from the magazine, including that of Tariq Muhammad, director of interactive media for BlackEnterprise.com, who in October was named director of AOL Black Voices, and of Tanisha Sykes, consumer affairs editor, who left to edit personal finance news at Essence magazine.

“Andrew P. Wadium, spokesman for the magazine, would not discuss the issue. ‘As you know, BE is a private family-owned company, and the employment records are confidential,’ he said.

“Non-editorial employees are said to have agreed to Graves’ request, but editorial staff members are said to be balking, and there has been no resolution, the sources said. Under such clauses, employees are not allowed to work for competing businesses for a specified amount of time after ending their employment at the company.”

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