Oregon City Non-Compete Agreement

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In Oregon, a covenant not to compete generally requires that, upon leaving the company, an employee agrees not to be employed by their employer's competitors. A covenant not to compete may also be called a "non-compete clause". Employees who sign them may either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

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, Oregon 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 Oregon City.

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?

You may want to hire an Oregon City, Oregon lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are considering suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Oregon City

Oregon City, Oregon is the county seat of Clackamas County. It has a population of about 32,000. It has the distinction of being the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. It was incorporated in 1844.

Oregon City played a role in the early development of the Western U.S., particularly the Oregon Territory. It was a popular destination for settlers who wanted to make land claims, after traveling the Oregon Trail, and surviving the likely bouts of dysentery, as well as the almost-inevitable loss of oxen during ill-advised attempts to ford rivers.

More recently, Oregon City, Oregon's economy was dominated by the lumber industry. However, in the 1980s, the lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest began to decline. However, the economy of Oregon City was able to transition into high-tech industries, as well as some light manufacturing (manufacturing which is not very labor or energy-intensive, and typically has minimal environmental impact).

If you live in Oregon City, Oregon and need a lawyer, chances are good that you'll be able to find one. Thanks to its diverse economy, there are Oregon City, Oregon lawyers who specialize in just about any area of law.

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