Broomfield Non-Compete Agreement

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Usually, a covenant not to compete is when a Colorado 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 discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even if the employee's interests may be significant Colorado courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Broomfield that are unreasonably large.

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 Broomfield, Colorado 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 Broomfield

Broomfield, Colorado is a consolidated city-county in the suburban Denver area of Colorado. Its population is currently about 56,000 people.

In the 1990s, Broomfield, Colorado and many other communities in the Denver area experienced massive economic growth, largely in the technology sector. Like many tech-heavy economies, the bursting of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s took its toll on Broomfield, Colorado. However, the tech industry in the area has generally recovered, with companies like IBM, Oracle, and Seagate being the largest employers in the city.

The presence of these technology companies has led to many large law firms setting up offices in and around Denver, which employ many Broomfield, Colorado lawyers.

Of course, not all Broomfield, Colorado lawyers work for international mega-firms. In fact, the vast majority of them don't. Most attorneys in Broomfield, Colorado are engaged in much more down-to-earth practice areas, and can help you with most legal issues that an ordinary consumer is likely to face.

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