Conor Dougherty of the New York Times has a disturbing front page article today “Quit your job for a better one? Not if you live in Idaho”, link . The article discusses Idaho’s employer friendly non-compete agreement laws, making it relatively easy to sue employees (especially in tech companies) who quit for better-paying jobs with competitors. “The Boys of Boise” indeed. It is relevant that Boise, while a tech center, is geographically isolated.
California, on the other hand, doesn’t allow non-compete clauses.
Back in the early 1970s, EDS had a habit of firing programmers and suing them if they worked for someone else.
Wikipedia attribution link for Boise NASA aerial picture, p.d.