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Skilled Attorneys Help Explain Non-Compete Agreements

Trusted legal advice for employees in Columbus and throughout Ohio

Non-compete agreements allow employers to protect proprietary information such as trade secrets and customer lists. But non-compete agreements often are forced on employees when the company has no legitimate business interest to protect. Employees bound by non-competition agreements can find themselves locked out of the job market. Sharon Cason-Adams and Roxi A. Liming, the employment law attorneys at Adams & Liming, LLC, can help when you are harmed by an unfair non-compete agreement.

What is a non-compete agreement?

A non-competition agreement is a promise by employees not to compete with their employer for a specified time, in a particular place or in a particular way. The agreement may be a stand-alone contract or a clause in a broader employment agreement. Our employment law attorneys are intimately familiar with non-compete agreements and work diligently to ensure you aren’t being unjustly denied the opportunity to work.

Are non-competition agreements enforceable?

Courts historically have seen non-competition agreements as restraints on trade. Today, Ohio courts will generally enforce non-compete agreements if all of the following are true:

  • The employer has a legitimate business interest to protect by restricting its employees’ right to compete against it.
  • The restriction on the employee’s right to compete is no greater than is necessary to protect the employer’s business interest.
  • The employee received something of value in exchange for signing the agreement.

In considering whether to enforce a non-competition agreement, a court determines whether the employer’s business interest is fairly balanced against the employee’s right to earn a living. Courts also consider whether the restrictions will harm the public.

An agreement that forbids you from working in any position for any other company is likely to be too broad, but Ohio courts can revise non-competition agreements so they are no broader than necessary. If you have questions about a non-compete agreement, contact Adams & Liming, LLC today.

Ask our Columbus law firm to review your non-compete agreement

A non-compete agreement can prevent you from being able to work and provide for your family. We offer free 15-minute consultations to evaluate your case. We are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment at other times. Call Adams & Liming,  LLC today at 614-488-2053 or contact us online.

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