Dearborn Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Dearborn, MI

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Michigan who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". Signing such an agreement can either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Michigan 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. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Dearborn that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, the covenant not to compete must have a valid 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?

You might want to hire a Dearborn, Michigan lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide 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 Dearborn

Dearborn is in Wayne County, Michigan. It is the eighth largest city in the state. Ford Motor Company has its world headquarters in Dearborn, and the city is the home of Henry Ford. In fact, there is a community college (Henry Ford Community College) named after Mr. Ford. Another interesting fact about Dearborn is that it has an attraction called The Henry Ford, which is America's largest indoor-outdoor museum complex.

Along with Mr. Ford, some other notable residents include Johnny Pacar, Stavros Paskaris, George Peppard, Rima Fakih, David Burtka, Derek Lowe, Bob Seger, and Nancy Milford.

Some of the largest employers in Dearborn include Ford, the Oakwood Health System, Visteon, Dearborn Board of Education, Lear, United Technologies Auto, and Dearborn Stamping Plant.

Dearborn is also home to many attorneys who work in law offices and firms, and practice in various areas of law. Thus, the legal needs of residents and businesses is in good hands.

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