I don't know if the article reports correctly or completely, but if it does, the case is very clear. The employees need to work on something other than diagnostic genotyping for 2 years after they leave their company. No one forced them to work at a company that had that provision as part of the employment contract. They chose to agree. They accepted their pay. The company invested in their development and shared confidential scientific and business information with them. It is only fair that the company gets the specified two years before their own people are competing against them.\n\nFurthermore, if the employees breached their contract willfully and/or if CHOP sought to hire them with knowledge of the contract, those parties should now compensate the company for all losses and legal fees. People need to realize that cannot just sign any piece of paper and then pretend it doesn't matter. Good scientist know that details matter.