On June 5, 2019, the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego, a Justice Catalyst Law partner organization, sent a formal request to the California Bar seeking an ethics ruling that it is unethical for lawyers to include illegal contractual language in their employer clients’ agreements with employees.

In particular, this would be an important step towards reducing the use of unenforceable noncompete agreements and certain unconscionable terms involving arbitration. Since these terms are unenforceable in court, lawyers are only including them in contracts to bully and mislead clients’ employees, something that legal ethics rules clearly prohibit.

Read the request here.