Charleston Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Charleston, WV

A covenant not to compete typically implies that a West Virginia 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?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be hard. Even if the employee's interests may be important West Virginia courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Charleston.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. 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?

You may want to hire a Charleston, West Virginia lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. 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 Charleston

Charleston is the capital of West Virginia. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 51,400 people. Surrounding areas include the rest of Kanawha County, Elk River, and Kanawha River.

Top employers include Appalachian Power, Mountaineer Gas Company, Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing, MATRIC, NiSource Gas Transmission Storage, Walker Machinery, West Virginia-American Water Company, and Frontier Communication. To support such large corporations, the legal force in Charleston is well-equipped with many attorneys who are familiar with business law. Further, the legal force is also capable of handling the needs of local residents.

Famous past residents include Jean Carson, Conchata Ferrell, Allison Hayes, Ann Magnuson, Randy Moss, Leslie Nielsen, Jerry West, Jason Williams, and Booker T. Washington.

When next in Charleston, be sure to check out popular attractions such as the Avampato Discovery Museum, Sunrise Museum, the Capitol Theater, South Charleston Museum, Appalachian Power Park, Danner Meadow Park, Coonskin Park, Ruffner Park and Shawnee Park.

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