Naugatuck Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Naugatuck, CT

Usually, a covenant not to compete is when a Connecticut 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. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Connecticut also give priority to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to 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 Naugatuck.

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 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Naugatuck, Connecticut lawyer to review any provisions. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. 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 Naugatuck

With a population of 30,989 (according to the 2000 census), Naugatuck, Connecticut is a sizeable town located spanning on both sides of the Naugatuck River in New Haven County, Connecticut. Of course, being that close to water on both sides, has created some flooding problems for the city. Originally established as a farming community, Naugatuck has grown to incorporate many other industries since it's 1701 inception. One company of interest is H. Barber and Sons, which designs beach rakes and has become the largest business of its type in the world. Naugatuck is also the manufacturing home to Peter Paul, a division of Hershey Foods that produces Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars. Notable current and former residents of Naugatick include Charles Goodyear and baseball player Frank Shea. Quality of life is good for the residents that refer to their home as "Naugy" and there are many fairs and other activities that connect the city. Naugatuck also has an unique approach to government, as it is the only consolidated town and borough in the state of Connecticut. Lawyers in Naugatuck also help improve the quality of life for their fellow citizen. Naigtuck lawyers are skilled in a range of specialties and truly enjoy their craft. Whatever legal issue their fellow Naugy may find themselves confronted with, a Naigtuck lawyer is there to help!

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