Odessa Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Odessa, 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 or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Texas 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. 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 Odessa that is unreasonably broad.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Lastly, the covenant not to compete must have a valid business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire an Odessa, Texas lawyer to review any documents. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. 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 Odessa

Odessa, Texas is a city in Ector County, Texas, and it has a population of about 100,000 people. It is the principle city in the Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Odessa was founded as a water stop for the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1880s. From these humble beginnings, it gradually grew into a thriving medium-sized city.

The major employers in Odessa are the school district, hospital, and the Halliburton Corporation, which has an office in the area. These employ thousands of people in a wide variety of disciplines.

The Odessa area is currently a major regional center for the performing and visual arts, particularly the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library, focused on the Presidency of the United States. It is dedicated to informing the public about the office of the presidency, rather than any particular president.

There are many lawyers in and around Odessa, Texas, who reflect the diversity and values of the community. There are plenty of Odessa, Texas attorneys who can handle just about any legal issue you might be facing. If you need legal assistance of any kind, an Odessa, Texas attorney can help.

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