Pasadena Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Pasadena, 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. 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 Pasadena.

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 a Pasadena, 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. 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 Pasadena

Pasadena, Texas is a city in Harris County. It is the second-largest city in Harris County, and the 15th largest city in Texas.

Before Europeans settled the area now known as Pasadena, several different Native American tribes lived there for thousands of years. Some of the final battles of the Texas Revolution, which resulted in Texas gaining independence from Mexico and becoming (for about ten years) its own country, were fought in the area now occupied by Pasadena. The 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galvaston also damaged Pasadena, but it resulted in a large influx of refugees into Pasadena, some of whom decided to stay. This led to a permanent population increase.

Modernly, Pasadena is home to one of the largest chemical processing complexes in the United States. It is called the Bayport Industrial District, and it is a crucial source of jobs in Pasadena, Texas. It is also home to a major shipping center, which is rapidly expanding the city's economic base.

If you live in Pasadena and are in need of a lawyer, the chances are good that you'll be able to find one. Pasadena, Texas lawyers practice law in a wide variety of legal areas, and will probably be able to take your case, no matter how large or small it is.

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