Midland Non-Compete Agreement

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

In Texas, a covenant not to compete usually 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 or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Texas 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 Midland.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they may only apply to competitors who are rationally related to the industry of the employer. 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?

You might want to hire a Midland, Texas lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Midland

Midland is located in Midland County, Texas. It is located in Texas's Southern Plains region. Some of Midland falls into Marin County. As of the 2010 census, Midland has a population of 111,147 people.

Top employers that drive the economy include Warren Equipment Companies, the Midland Independent School District, the Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Dawson Geophysical, Midland College, Patterson Drilling UTI, ATT Wireless, and Key Energy Services. Midland is also home to many law offices and small firms that practice in various legal practices. Thus, residents and businesses of Midland can rest assure because any and every legal need of theirs can be easily handled by Midland's legal force.

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