Thornton 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 may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. While the employer?s interests are important, Colorado courts place great importance 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 excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Thornton.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. 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?

You may want to hire a Thornton, Colorado lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or 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 Thornton

The city of Thornton, Colorado has a population of about 118,000 and is located in Weld and Adams counties. Thornton's location near the city of Denver and near the Rocky Mountains allows for ample opportunities for business, residence, and recreational activities. Thornton's community is marked by a high degree of volunteerism and participation in local events.

Thornton, Colorado is a unique city in that it actively pursues development of recreation programs and facilities. Overall, Thornton boasts over 80 city parks and more than 1,000 acres of land designated for public parks. The city also maintains numerous athletic fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, and gymnasiums. Indoor and outdoor facilities provide Thornton residents with ample opportunities for leisure activities year-round.

There are many opportunities for business and retail shopping in Thornton, Colorado. Popular places for residents and tourists to visit include Larkridge Mall, Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center, and Thornton Town Center. These locations offer many choices for restaurants and national retail stores. Thornton is also surrounded by nine major colleges and universities within a 45-mile radius. These include Regis University and University of Denver. Many Thornton residents work at these institutions, and events and festivals are often held on the campuses.

Lawyers in Thornton, Colorado offer legal services in a broad range of fields. Many Thornton lawyers are members of multiple state and county bar associations. The Thornton Municipal Court is where many lawyers process legal claims.

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