Clarksville Non-Compete Agreement

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In Tennessee, 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". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete may receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be difficult to know beforehand. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Tennessee 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. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Clarksville that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Clarksville, Tennessee attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is acceptable to 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 Clarksville

Clarksville, Tennessee is a city located in, and serving as the county seat of, Montgomery County. It has a population of over 132,000 people.

Clarksville was founded in 1785, making it the oldest incorporated city in Tennessee. However, human habitation of the area that now includes Clarksville, Tennessee dates back at least 11,000 years.

Modernly, Clarksville, Tennessee's economy is dominated by industry. Major industrial employers in Clarksville, Tennessee include American Standard, the Trane company (Clarksville's largest employer - a manufacturer of industrial ventilation equipment), and many others. In addition to employing a large number of blue-collar workers, these (and other) corporations also have many administrative employees, including accountants and Clarksville, Tennessee lawyers.

Because of the presence of large corporations, as well as a population of blue-collar workers, the lawyers of Clarksville, Tennessee are capable of handling a wide range of cases. So, if you need an attorney, chances are there's a lawyer in Clarksville, Tennessee who can help.

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