Lorain Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Lorain, 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?

It is difficult to discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While the employer?s interests are important, Ohio courts place great importance 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. 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 Lorain.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of 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 Lorain, Ohio 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. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Lorain

Lorain is in the northeast portion of Ohio. Specifically, it is located near Lake Erie, the Black River, and Cleveland. It is a part of Lorain County.

The city is mostly known as home to the Assembly Plant for Ford Motor Company. Primarlly, the Ford Econoline was assembled here.

The city is home to a diverse population that works in a variety of professions. These professions include law. Many attorneys call Lorain home and practice either locally, or in surrounding areas. Therefore, the legal needs of residents and/or businesses will always be taken care of.

Famous residents include Terry Anderson, Charles J. Berry, Stevan Dohanos, Quincy Gillmore, William Hanley, Chad Muska, and Ward Van Orman.

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