Dayton Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Dayton, OH

Generally speaking, in Ohio, 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. While employer's interest are significant, the courts of Ohio also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. 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 Dayton that is excessively large.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. Lastly, the employer must have a valid 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 may want to hire a Dayton, Ohio lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements 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 give 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 Dayton

Dayton is located in Montgomery County, Ohio. The approximate population is 141,527 and is seen as the fourth largest metropolitan area in Ohio.

What Dayton is known for is its involvement in the industrial, aerospace, and engineering research industry. The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has had a significant impact on Dayton's involvement in innovation via these industries. Overall, Dayton's economy is seen as a service-oriented economy. These services include legal services. Dayton is home to many small and mid-size law firms practicing in all areas of law. Thus, Dayton residents and businesses should rest assured because the legal services industry is capable of handling all legal inquiries and issues.

Dayton is also home to many attractions for tourists. Such attractions include The National Museum of the United States Air Force, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the Dayton Art Institute, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and America's Packard Museum.

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