I switched my job on the 16th December of last year. A couple of days back I I received a legal notice from my ex-employer stating that I have joined their direct competitor and I should disassociate from the current employment. I workd in my previuos company for around 7 years and these terms and conditions were laid down recently. In fact I signed the addendum to employment (that i cannot join a direct competitor for a period of one year)after putting down my papers. I also explained them briefly that how my new company is not a competitor to them and how different my role would be. But in the legal notice they have mentioned as if they were not aware that where I would be joining.
Being my first job, i tried to have a smooth switch and i served 2 months notice period.
I am planning to reply to their legal notice. Although I do not want to sour my relationship with my previous employer, but is it advisable to mention in the reply that:
1. The company had financial issues (my bank statement can show that i was not regularly paid, sometimes even for two months there were no salary)
2. After almost 50 day, till today i have recieved no full and final settlement, no PF, no Gratuity.
3. I was kind-of forced to sign the addendum to employment just before my relieving date
4. My salary for the month of December (15 days) has not been paid till date
Most importantly, shall i discuss all this with my current employer???
Can you all suggest the best lawyer (in Delhi or Gurgaon) for this kind of issue?