Fitchburg Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Fitchburg, MA

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Massachusetts 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. Even if the employee's interests may be important Massachusetts courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. 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 Fitchburg 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 Fitchburg, Massachusetts 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 A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Fitchburg

Fitchburg is the third largest city in Worcester County, Massachusetts. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 40,318 people. Fitchburg is a city big on education, being home to Fitchburg State University, and also seventeen public and private elementary and high schools.

Some fun sites to check out are Fitchburg Historical Society, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Coggshall Park, the Wallace Civic Center, and Cornerstone Performing Arts Center.

Notable residents of Fitchburg include Michael Beasley, George Crowther, Ryan Gomes, Art Longsjo, Pat Moran, and Marion Rice.

Many attorneys have established law offices in Fitchburg to take care of the legal needs of residents. These attorneys are very capable and focus on providing excellent legal services.

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