Cape Coral Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Cape Coral, FL

Usually, a covenant not to compete is when a Florida 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?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be difficult to know beforehand. While the employer?s interests are important, Florida 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Cape Coral.

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 provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Cape Coral, Florida 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. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Cape Coral

Cape Coral, Florida is a city in Lee County, Florida. It has a population of approximately 155,000 people.

The city of Cape Coral, Florida was founded in 1957. Development of the area continued through the 1960s. Cape Coral saw a major addition with the construction of the Cape Coral Bridge, which is about 1 kilometer long. This reduced the drive time between Cape Coral and nearby Fort Myers from over half an hour to just a few minutes.

This allows the professionals who reside in Cape Coral, Florida, such as doctors, accountants, and lawyers, to shorten their commutes to the larger cities in the surrounding area, turning Cape Coral into a quiet residential community.

The economy of Cape Coral, Florida is largely dominated by city government, healthcare, and services. All of these industries employ large numbers of administrative personnel, such as lawyers.

If you live in or around Cape Coral, Florida, and need an attorney, it's very likely that there's a Cape Coral, Florida lawyer who can help you with whatever legal issue you might face.

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