Redondo Beach Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Redondo Beach, CA

Generally, 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 may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even though the interests of an employer are important, California courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Redondo Beach that are unreasonably large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

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

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Redondo Beach, California attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California is a city in Los Angeles County. It is one of the three beach cities in Los Angles County. Its population is currently about 67,000 people.

Thanks to its highly desirable beachfront location, Redondo Beach, California has a fairly high cost of living, and its residents tend to be highly affluent. Many of these residents are successful professionals, such as attorneys.

The largest employer in Redondo Beach, California is Northrop Grumman, a very large player in the aerospace industry. This industry employs a large numbers of engineers and scientists, but high-tech companies also tend to employ a fairly significant number of lawyers, to handle things like trade secrets and employment law issues.

The lawyers of Redondo Beach, California are capable of handling sophisticated and complex cases, as well as ordinary legal issues that the average consumer is likely to face. If you need legal assistance, a Redondo Beach, California attorney can probably help.

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