Broken Arrow Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Broken Arrow, OK

Generally speaking, in Oklahoma, 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 challenging. While the employer?s interests are important, Oklahoma 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 Broken Arrow.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. 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 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 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 Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow is a part of Tulsa County and Wagoner County. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 98,850 residents. The city was named after a Native American group called the Creek Indians, who came to Oklahoma along the Trail of Tears.

The city caters to a diverse population. A large industry is agriculture. Top employers include FlightSafety International, Blue Bell Creameries, and Windstream Communications. The legal industry has a presence in Brown Arrow as well, with many attorneys who have established successful practices there. Therefore, residents and businesses have no problem seeking legal aid.

Famous residents, both past and present, include Jim Baumer, Jim Brewer, Josh Bryant, P.C. Cast, Ernest Childers, Ester Drang, Phil Farrand, Mike Iles, Brad Penny, Kahlen Rondot, Warren Spahn, Will Thomas, and Kathryn Zaremba.

Overall, Broken Arrow is a charming place to live, visit, or establish a business.

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