Companies often require employees to sign documents agreeing not to work for a competing firm. During the term of one's employment, it is appropriate for a worker to avoid contact with a competitor. However, when these agreements, or covenants, extend beyond their departure, a former employee might be unfairly and unlawfully restricted from earning a living in their chosen field. At Conover Law Offices, we provide authoritative legal advice whether you previously executed a non-compete agreement or you've just been presented one to review.
States take different approaches to non-compete agreements, so it is important that you get personalized advice. Our New York attorneys will analyze the document to tell you what terms, if any, are enforceable. In states where post-employment covenants are enforceable, the restrictions usually must be reasonable. Particular terms at issue can include:
- Defining what types of businesses can be considered as competitive
- Establishing a geographic area within which firms might be affected by the agreement
- How long restrictions can remain in effect
- Consideration you will receive for executing a non-compete agreement
- Provisions relating to proprietary information
- Limits on working with former customers or clients after moving to a new job
Even if you signed an agreement, there is a strong likelihood that all of its terms might not be enforceable. Our lawyers can help you seek a fairer arrangement. It can be intimidating to confront a current or former employer about onerous non-compete covenants. We will arm you with the legal knowledge you need to safeguard your rights. Whether you're a new employee or looking to start a new job, our attorneys will not allow you to be mistreated.