Rocky Mount Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Rocky Mount, NC

Generally speaking, in North Carolina, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors upon leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them may either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be difficult to know beforehand. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in North Carolina also give priority 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. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Rocky Mount.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related to the employer's industry. Finally, the covenant not to compete must have a legitimate 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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Rocky Mount, North Carolina lawyer to review any provisions. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount is located along the coastal plains of North Carolina. It was formally incorporated on February 28, 1867. The 2010 census reported the city's population as 57477 people.

The city is a huge arts center. with a growing arts community, a Children's Museum Science Center, a Community Theater at the Imperial Centre for Arts Science, and the overall reputation of being the huge art hub in North Carolina.

Major corporations that have established a presence in the city are Raleigh, Rocky Mount Instruments, 368x Electra Piano Harpsichord, Hardee's, Boddie-Noell, and Texas Steakhouse Saloon.

Famous residents include J.J. Arrington, Anthony Avent, Roy A. Cooper, Earle Hyman, Julius Peppers, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

There are also many law firms and law offices in Rocky Mount. Therefore, residents and local businesses have ample resources to turn to when needing legal services.

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