Youngstown Non-Compete Agreement

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

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be hard. 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. Some agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Youngstown that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way 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?

A Youngstown, Ohio lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any agreements that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. 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 Youngstown

Youngstown is a part of Mahoning County, Ohio. Some parts of it also fall in Trumbull County. It is near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland. Specifically it is ten miles west of Pennsylvania, between New York City and Chicago on Interstate 80.

With such a central, great location, residents and local businesses have access to the strong legal force in New York City, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. All these areas are home to top-tier firms that train excellent, ivy-league educated attorneys. Therefore, residents and local businesses have access to a legal force that includes the best-trained attorneys in the United States.

Popular attractions include Powers Auditorium, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Butler Institute of American Art, McDonough Museum of Art, Mill Creek Park, and the Ohio Historical Society.

Overall, Youngstown has a central location and provides its residents with a wonderful quality of life!

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