Renton Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Renton, WA

A covenant not to compete usually implies that a Washington employee makes an agreement not to work for any of their employer's competitors should they leave the company for any reason. These covenants are typically called "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them may either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Washington also give priority 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. A court will typically hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Renton that is excessively large.

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. 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?

A Renton, Washington lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any provisions that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can give valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Renton

Renton is located in King County, Washington. It is very near Seattle--approximately 11 miles. Surrounding areas include Lake Washington and Newcastle coal fields. Per the 2010 census, Renton is home to approximately 90,927 people.

Renton's top employers include Boeing, Valley Medical Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Renton Technical College, Providence Health Services, Paccar, ER Solutions, and Wal-Mart. Renton is also home to many small law offices with capable attorneys who practice in many areas of law.

Famous residents, both past and present, include Jimi Hendrix, Ann Rule, Bonnie Guitar, Tim Lincecum, Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Jacob Young, Kelly Bachand, and Michelle Font.

Overall, Renton is a wonderful place to visit!

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