Lawton Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Lawton, 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 when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might 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. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Oklahoma also give importance to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include agreements that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Lawton.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate 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?

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Lawton, Oklahoma 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. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Lawton

Lawton is located in Comanche County, Oklahoma. It has a population of 96,867 per the 2010 census. It was built on land that belong to the Kiowa Comanche and Apache Native Americans.

Popular sites include Lake Lawtonka, Lake Ellsworth, Elmer Thomas Lake, the Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, The Museume of the Great Plains, and the Fort Sill Museum. As you can tell, Lawton is a great place for nature-lovers to visit.

Top employers include Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Cameron University, Assurant Solutions, Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport, and the school district. The legal force also has a presence via many firms and law offices that train excellent attorneys to handle any and every legal matter.

Famous residents include Bryan White, Kelly Willis, Leon Russell, Conrad Herwig, Charles Chibitty, Joan Crawford, Robert S. Johnson, and Will Shields.

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