Cheektowaga Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Cheektowaga, NY

Generally speaking, in New York, 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". Signing such an agreement may either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. Even if the employee's interests may be important New York 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 Cheektowaga that is unreasonably broad.

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?

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Cheektowaga, New York 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga is located in Erie County, New York. It has a population of about 88,300 people. The city's name comes from the Native American world "ji-ik-do-wa-gah," which means "the place of the crab apple tree." Apparently, Polish Americans significantly make up the Cheektowaga population.

Surrounding areas include Buffalo, West Seneca, Village of Depew, Lancaster, and Amherst.

The city is also filled with attorneys who practice law either in small law offices or firms. These attorneys provide excellent legal guidance to residents and local businesses. Therefore residents and businesses can remain rest assured because all their legal needs can be taken care of.

All in all, Cheektowaga offers visitors and residents a wonderful, community-like atmosphere.

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