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I find myself in an interesting situation. I am/was a contractor (a.k.a. temporary worker) for a large utility. In order to gain this employment, I had to sign a contract with one of the utility's subcontractors (a.k.a. a temp agency.) I was recently informed that I was going to be laid off my current job. Shortly thereafter, a different temp agency reached out to me about a different job at the same large utility. So I interviewed for the position and got it. I start Monday.
The gray area is what the new temp agency is telling me to do. To prevent any sort of contract complications, they advised me not to tell my current agency about the new job. This feels kind of underhanded and maybe even deceitful to me. Eventually they'll find out any way, but I feel uncomfortable not being straightforward with my old agency. I don't have any close personal connection or love for my old agency, but I still don't like hiding this information from them. I haven't told any lies or misrepresented anything, I've simply withheld information. It still doesn't feel right though.
What do folks here think?