Grand Prairie Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Grand Prairie, TX

In Texas, a covenant not to compete typically 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 may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to know whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even if the employee's interests may be important 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. Those provisions that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Grand Prairie that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Finally, an employer is required to have a valid business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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 Grand Prairie, Texas 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. 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 Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie is a city located in three counties--Dallas, Ellis and Tarrant. Grand Prairie is considered to be a suburb of both Dallas and Fort Worth. Per the 2010 census it has a population of 175,396 people.

Top employers include Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Vought Aircraft Industries, Lone Star Park, Hanson Pipe Products and Siemens Energy Automation, Inc. Although law firms are not included in the list, many small law firms and offices call Grand Prairie home. Therefore, residents and businesses have excellent legal services awaiting at their doorstep.

When visiting Grand Prairie, must-see attractions include the Lone Star Park, GPX Skate Park, Verizon Theatre, Prairie Lights, Traders Village, Quiktrip Park, and Grand Prairie AirHogs.

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