I just received a call from my previous employer based in the USA which I had recently left. I left this employer for another employer (in the same industry) in the UK.
In this call, my previous employer basically explained that I had a clause in my contract which stated that I was unable to work in the same industry due to a restraint period. I looked at this contract carefully, and yes, it did have a restraint period, but this restraint period was clearly stated within the USA only.
I explained to my previous employer that this was within the USA only, however the previous employer wasn't even listening to it and went on about how I was in the wrong etc.
What I'm really worried about now, is my previous employer going to my current employer and telling them a whole lot of incorrect information and making things up about me, which wouldn't surprise me. For example, I'm worried my previous employer might go to my current employer and say he's in breach of contract, didn't follow the contract etc.
Due to working from home and the pandemic, I also still hold my previous company laptop and ID card (which I have emailed multiple times to return but have not had any reply).
Should I inform my current employer anything, e.g pre-alerting them that the restraint period does not apply to me, a declaration that I am no longer working for the old company (in case the old company makes up something saying I still work for the company as I'm holding the laptop), email stating that I have not worked for the company for a certain amount of time etc?
Appreciate your advice on this as I'm so worried they may say something which would affect my new job.