If you have questions about a non-compete or non-solicit agreement, the attorneys at our firm can help. We have significant experience litigating the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicit agreements, and we also routinely counsel clients about how to navigate the requirements of these agreements.
Non-compete agreements typically restrict an employee from leaving a company and engaging in a competing business. For example, a non-compete agreement may prohibit an employee from working for a competitor or starting her own competing business. These agreements can protect a company's legitimate business interests, but they can also thwart an employee's ability to find work with new employers or start their own entrepreneurial business.
Non-solicitation agreements typically prohibit an employee from soliciting the employers' clients and/or employees from leaving the employer to do business with a different company. For example, a non-solicit agreement might prohibit an employee from soliciting business from her former employer's customers, or it could prohibit the employee from soliciting her former co-workers to leave their employer and join the employee's new business.
Both non-compete and non-solicit agreements are usually constrained to a geographic and temporal scope. However, some may be tied to specific competitive businesses, business products, business activities, or customers.
If your employer has asked you to sign something that looks like a non-compete or non-solicit agreement, we strongly urge you to have an attorney review the document before you sign it. The agreement could significantly constrain your ability to find employment with new companies and/or start your own business.