This is kinda a long story, so please bear w/ me. In May 2005, I interviewed with my 2 bosses (a woman and a man) at my current job and liked who I met. The position sounded exciting and I loved the clinic and the pay they offered me, so I accepted it. I started my job in late June 2005, and on my first day, my male boss presented me w/ an employment contract. It stated that I'd be paid such amount of money and what my duties would be. In turn, if I signed it, I'd agree to work for him for 2 years and should I decide to leave the company after the 2 years, for 1 year, I wouldn't work for a competing company or start my own business w/in 250 miles. I know (and I beat myself every day for this!) that I shouldn't have signed it, but I did (it was my 1st job out of grad school, and I had virtually no work experience before the interview). Everything was OK for the 1st year or so, then things turned sour after that. My female boss, who had been so supportive, suddenly stopped being the boss, so my male boss started calling all the shots. My male boss is a greedy businessman who knows nothing about my responsibilities as a pediatric occupational therapist. He promises my services to clients, even when I don't think they're necessary (and I've told him on several occasions that it's unethical to provide unnecessary services). He doesn't support or help me at all. All he does is reprimand me for not being productive enough. He blames me when clients don't show, even though I explain that in the area we serve, people tend to have lower incomes and have difficulty getting transportation to our clinic for therapy. I can't go to them because I'm so fully booked that there's no time to travel. I often work after hours and have to do several things that aren't my job. I also found out that he's charging an arm and a leg for my services, and I'm getting less than 10% of what the company's paid for them. I'm dragged into situations that I know I can't handle, and he doesn't lift a finger to help. I'm so stressed, and I'm grateful that I only have 4 more months before my employment contract expires, but 4 months feels like 40 years to me at this point! OK, so I know I have to just wait out the 4 months, but I'm worried about how to apply for jobs after this. Don't other companies want to speak to your former bosses? I know my boss won't have nice things to say about me because I've argued with him so much on ethical issues (he's always wanting me to hide some issues for the sake of financial gain), so I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to find a good job even though I'd be able to get out of this horrible one. I know I'm a good therapist, I kids, but I'm so worried good potential jobs won't be available to me.