Cambridge Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Cambridge, MD

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Maryland who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they can 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 challenging to know beforehand. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Maryland also give importance 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. A court will usually hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Cambridge that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they may only apply to competitors who are rationally related to the industry of the employer. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate 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 documents that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Cambridge, Maryland 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. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Cambridge

Cambridge, Maryland is a city of about 11,000 residents. It is located in Dorchester County.

Cambridge, Maryland was first settled by English settlers in 1684, making it one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. After settlement, the area became an important tobacco growing center, and then diversified into other forms of agriculture.

In the mid-1960s, Cambridge, Maryland was a major hub of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Modernly, Cambridge is a relatively quiet, small town. However, in 2002, it received a major economic boost in the forms of tourism, employment, and convention attendance, with the construction of a large Hyatt resort on Chesapeake Bay.

Cambridge is also the beneficiary of a state program designed to revitalize and restore the downtown areas of many cities, returning them to their past place as the heart of a city's business community, because so much business activity has moved to the outskirts of cities.

Cambridge is a 90-minute drive from Baltimore, making it an attractive option for people who want easy access to the excitement of a big city, with the ability to go home to a small town.

Cambridge, Maryland lawyers need to be competent to handle many different types of legal issues. Legal issues can pop up when they're least expected, and often have to be dealt with as quickly as possible. A Cambridge, Maryland lawyer can make sure that this happens.

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