Toledo Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Toledo, 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. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Ohio courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. 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 Toledo.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related to the employer?s industry. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

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

Before you sign any documents that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Toledo, 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. 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 Toledo

Toledo is the seat of Lucas County and the 4th most populous city in the State of Ohio. Toledo borders the State of Michigan and grew exponentially after the Miami and Eerie Canal were completed. As a transportation hub, Toledo is a midpoint between New York and Chicago via rail lines making it an ideal location for industry and commodity production. Toledo is widely known for its glass production including windows, doors, automobile windshields, art, and other construction materials. Johns Manville operates two premier fiberglass plants in Toledo alongside other giants like GlassTech. The automotive industry also thrives in Toledo with several Fortune 500 automotive companies that produce everything from spark plugs to performance parts.

Toledo's professional sports teams are a big attraction for locals and travelers alike. The Toledo Speedway hosts the Glass City 200 and is known as the home to the "Fastest Short Track Show" in the world which include drag races. The Inverness Club hosts a number of United States Golf Association (USGA) professional events like the U.S. Senior Open and the LPGA's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Raceway Park horse racing, Toledo Walleye hockey, and the Toledo Mud Hens who are the Detroit Tiger's minor league team are also play within city limits.

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