Owensboro Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Owensboro, KY

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Kentucky who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are frequently called "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 a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Kentucky 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. Some agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Owensboro that is unreasonably broad.

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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Owensboro, Kentucky attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to 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 Owensboro

Owensboro, Kentucky is the third largest city in Kentucky, and it is the county seat of Daviess County. As of a 2009 estimate by the Census Bureau, it has a population of about 55,000 people.

Human habitation of the area now known as Owensboro dates back at least 12,000 years, with indigenous peoples populating the area, at least on a seasonal basis. The first known permanent settlement of Owensboro came in 1797, when William Smothers set up a trading post.

Modernly, Owensboro is a major center for Bluegrass music, and has a museum dedicated to the musical genre. It also has several different Bluegrass festivals throughout the year. Of historical note, it is also home to Temple Adath Israel. Built in 1877, this place of worship is one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

If you live in Owensboro, Kentucky, and are facing a legal issue, an Owensboro Kentucky attorney can probably help. Owensboro, Kentucky lawyers can handle just about any case a resident of the area might be dealing with.

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