Mission Viejo Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Mission Viejo, CA

Typically, a covenant not to compete is when a California employee agrees not to work for an employer's competitors when the employee leaves the company. Covenants not to compete are also known as "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they can receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to know whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While the employer?s interests are significant, California courts place great weight on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Mission Viejo.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Mission Viejo, California attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, California is a city in Orange County, California. Its current population is estimated to be about 93,000 people, making it one of the largest master-planned communities built under a single plan in the United States.

Mission Viejo, California's economy is dominated by Saddleback College, a community college located in the city. With over 2,000 employees, it is the largest employer in Mission, Viejo, California. The community college is attended by a large number of students who plan to go on to four-year universities. Some of these students go on to graduate school, and become Mission Viejo, California attorneys.

Another major employer in Mission Viejo, California is the local healthcare system, which employs over 1,000 people, such as doctors, as well as administrative personnel, including lawyers.

If you live in Mission Viejo, California and are in need of legal advice, you would do well to contact a Mission Viejo, California attorney as quickly as possible.

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