Winona Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Winona, MN

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Minnesota who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. While the employer?s interests are significant, Minnesota courts place great weight on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Winona that is unreasonably broad.

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?

You might want to hire a Winona, Minnesota 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 Winona

The island city of Winona, Minnesota is located in the Mississippi River Bluffs and was founded in 1851 by a steamboat captain and has been quickly growing ever since. Sugar Loaf is the famous rock landmark easily seen from outside Winona.Thanks in large part to the lumber industry, Winona now boasts a population of 30,000 residents. Recognized as the stained glass capital of the United States, Winona's industries is an eclectic mix. Top Winona employers include: Fastenal, Winona Health, Winona State University and Wal-Mart. With so many businesses and industries it is of little surprise that there are so many great Winona lawyers skilled in any practice area that the city residents may need assistance with. Winona lawyers are some of the best in the business and enjoy working and living in the charming island city.

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