Non-compete agreements are frequently used by employers to prevent employees from joining or working for a rival company. However, non-compete clauses are against the law in California. In this instance, PetSmart added a clause specifying that workers must remain with the company for two years. If they don’t, they’ll have to pay back $5,000 in training costs. Many pet groomers have expressed their feelings of being binded to the company because they are unable to support themselves on the salary they were receiving from PetSmart and lack the resources to pay back the $5,000. As a result, PetSmart is currently the target of a class-action lawsuit.