Your employer may require you to sign a noncompete agreement. This agreement limits your ability to compete against your current employer in the future once your work at that company has ended. This may also prevent you from being employed by your current company’s competitor. Businesses may use these agreements to protect their intellectual property, trade secrets, and more.
What Are Your Rights?
Noncompete agreements receive careful scrutiny in court. Many times, the legal system disapproves of them because they unfairly restrict your ability to make a living. To be valid, noncompete agreements must involve an exchange of value, protect a real business interest and be reasonable in scope, time frame and geography. Your legal rights to compete against your current employer depend on the specific stipulations included in the agreement you have signed.
Protecting Your Livelihood
Businesses have a legitimate right and interest to protect their competitive edge. However, you also have a right to work and provide for yourself and your loved ones. When you sign a noncompete agreement, these competing priorities will be balanced by the court. If you feel that you are being unfairly restricted from earning a living, call our team of legal experts today for your free initial consultation.
Standing up for Your Rights
When you find yourself or your career negatively impacted by a noncompete agreement, you can trust the team at the Employment Law Office of John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC. We will review the contract, your employee handbook and any other relevant materials to determine the facts. There is a good chance that the agreement is unreasonable and unlawful.
Your ability to advance in your career is worth getting reliable, professional advice. Contact our team today to get helpful suggestions and the information you need to make the best choices for your future.
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