Torrance Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Torrance, 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Torrance.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Before you sign any documents that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Torrance, California attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. 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 Torrance

Torrance, California is a city located in the southwestern region of Los Angeles County. Within city limits, Torrance has over 1.5 miles of unbroken beachfront, to which most of its 145,000 residents have access.

Torrance can trace its early history to a 1784 Spanish land grant. Wealthy landowners established several large ranches in the area that would eventually become Torrance.

Modernly, Torrance is a vibrant, environmentally-conscious community. It is home to one of the very few wetlands situated in an urban area. They are set aside as a nature preserve, which was once set for oil drilling. The efforts of conservationists and Torrance, California environmental lawyers prevented this from happening, however.

Many foreign corporations have their American headquarters in Torrance, including Toyota and Honda. These companies employ a large number of people in a wide range of professions, including local Torrance, California lawyers who represent the interests of their employers in the United States.

If you live in Torrance, California, and find yourself in need of legal services, it's very likely that there's a Torrance, California attorney who can help you out.

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