Lakeland Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Lakeland, FL

Typically, 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. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Florida 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. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Lakeland that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, the covenant not to compete must have a legitimate business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Lakeland, 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 Lakeland

Lakeland is located in Polk County, Florida. It is between the popular cities of Tampa and Orlando alongside Interstate 4.

The economy of Lakeland prospers from the citrus, cattle, and phosphate mining industries. The largest employer is Publix Supermarkets. Other top employers include FedEx Freight FedEx Services, Saddle Creek Corporation, GEICO, Summit Consulting, and Rooms To Go.

Lakeland is a place filled with history. Some popular historic attractions are Dixieland, Biltmore-Cumberland, Beacon Hill-Alta Vista, and Munn Park.

Being so near Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland residents can take their complex legal programs to the mid to large size firms located in these two large cities. For any small legal issues, Lakeland is filled with small law offices that are owned by excellent, competent attorneys.

Overall, Lakeland is a wonderful area to live in. It has the small town feel but is surrounded by two of Florida's largest, metropolitan cities. Lakeland residents have the best of both worlds!

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