Texas City Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Texas City, 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. Even though the interests of an employer are important, 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 agreements that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Texas City that is unreasonably broad.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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 Texas City, 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. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Texas City

Texas City has a population of 43,000 and is located in Galveston County, Texas. It is one of the busiest deepwater port cities located in the Texas Gulf Coast area. The Port of Texas City is the eighth largest port in the nation and Texas' third largest port.

Texas City's economy has traditionally been supported by both shipping and heavy industry. Industries include petroleum production and petrochemical refining. The Texas City Industrial Complex located in the city is a leading producer in the petrochemical market. Recently city planning has diversified the economy to include other sectors like health care and tourism.

In addition to its industrial presence, Texas City is known for its beautiful parks and wildlife preserves. Many parks are part of the "Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail", where one can see large flocks of birds in spectacular numbers. Favorite parks to visit are Bay Street Park and Nessler Park. Nessler Park is the site for the city's annual "Music Fest by the Bay".

Texas City lawyers can assist you by filing legal claims with the Texas City Municipal Court. The municipal court is authorized to oversee a variety of legal issues. Lawyers in Texas City, Texas provide legal services which meet the unique demands of the city's economy.

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