Beaumont Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Beaumont, TX

In Texas, 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 them either does so as a condition to employment or they can receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. Even if the employee's interests may be significant Texas courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Beaumont that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Beaumont, Texas attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas is a city of about 118,000 people in Jefferson County, of which it is the county seat.

Beaumont, Texas is part of an area known as the "Golden Triangle," which is an area between Beaumont and two other cities, which is a major industrial sector along the Gulf Coast of Texas. One of the largest employers in Beaumont, Texas is the Port of Beaumont, which is the nation's 4th largest seaport by tonnage. It is also the second-largest military seaport in the entire world. A large transport battalion of the U.S. Army is headquartered at that port.

This port, and the businesses associated with it, employ thousands of blue-collar workers, but they also employ many administrative professionals, including Beaumont, Texas lawyers.

Thanks to its diverse economy, many Beaumont, Texas lawyers are highly skilled in a wide variety of practice areas. So, if you are in need of legal services, it's very likely that a Beaumont, Texas attorney can help you.

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