Can you take clients when you leave a job?

June 19, 2008, 5:23 PM UTC

“In recessionary times, companies are willing to take extra steps to protect their business,” Michael Greco, a partner in labor law firm Fisher & Phillips, told Fortune’s Anne Fisher in her June 20 Ask Annie column. Is it fair to take clients with you when you change jobs? Is it fair for employers to ask you not to? Have you ever been asked to sign a non-compete agreement, or any other employment contract that made you think twice? How did it work out?