Fairfield Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Fairfield, 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 when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "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?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. While employer's interest are important, 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Fairfield.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Before you sign any provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Fairfield, Ohio 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. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Fairfield

Fairfield, Ohio is a city that straddles Butler and Hamilton counties. It has a population of about 43,000 people. The area currently known as Fairfield was originally settled in 1877, by the Groh family. It was born out of a 50 acre land purchase in Fairfield Township. Modernly, Fairfield is a relatively quiet residential community. Since 2001, it has had a modern, central, "downtown" area, in the form of the Village Green Park development project. It serves as a commercial center with many pedestrian-accessible dining and shopping options. In the last decade, Fairfield, Ohio has undergone significant redevelopment, which was capped of with the completion of a community arts center, along with a new public library. Fairfield is home to the Cincinnati Mall, a large shopping center, as well as "Jungle Jim's International Market," which is something of a theme park for food, and sports a wide variety of international foods, as well as elaborate animatronics displays. If you live in the Fairfield, Ohio area, chances are good that you'll be able to find a lawyer who's qualified to handle whatever legal problem you might be facing. Fairfield, Ohio lawyers are skilled and competent, and like most lawyers, care about their clients' problems. It's almost certain that, no matter what your legal problem is, there's at least one Fairfield, Ohio lawyer who can handle it.

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