Mansfield Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Mansfield, 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 foresee 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 Mansfield.

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?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Mansfield, Ohio lawyer to review any documents. 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 Mansfield

Mansfield, Ohio is a city in Richland County, for which it also serves as the county seat. Mansfield has a population of just under 50,000 people. Mansfield has adopted the official nickname "The Fun Center of Ohio."

Mansfield was originally settled in 1808, it was incorporated in 1828, and chartered as a city in 1857. Mansfield began to experience significant economic growth in the mid-1800s, when the railroads arrived, making available to the areaa much wider variety of goods and services.

While Mansfield was once a thriving industrial center, but like many cities in the Rust Belt, it saw a major economic decline in the 1970s. While there are still some manufacturers in Mansfield who provide a major economic boost to the city, the city has understandably been undertaking to diversify its economy, to lessen its dependence on any single economic sector.

To that end, Mansfield has promoted itself as a filming location for the movie industry. Its historic buildings, and presence of some abandoned structures, enable it to stand in for settings all over the world.

If you live in Mansfield, Ohio, and need a lawyer, it's likely that you'll be able to find the right Mansfield, Ohio attorney to meet your legal needs.

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