Vancouver Non-Compete Agreement

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

A covenant not to compete generally 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 can 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 generally difficult. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Washington 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. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Vancouver that are unreasonably large.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, there must be a valid business interest which motivates the employer's 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 Vancouver, Washington 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 Vancouver

Vancouver, WA is a city in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of about 162,000 people, making it the 4th largest city in the state of Washington.

Vancouver, Washington was founded in the early 1800s as a fishing, logging, and fur-trading center. Obviously, the economy of the region, including Vancouver, WA has evolved over the decades. Now, Vancouver's economy largely parallels that of the rest of the region: it is now a center of the American high-tech industry. The Hewlett-Packard computer company is one of the largest employers in Vancouver, WA. The economy is also heavily based on services, including retail, medicine, and legal services and attorneys.

Because of its diverse and service-based economy, Vancouver, WA attorneys are skilled in a large number of different practice areas, because they have to be in order to stay competitive.

So, if you are facing a legal issue in the Vancouver area, you're going to want to consult a Vancouver, WA attorney as soon as possible.

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