Oftentimes, employees are asked by their employers to sign non-compete agreements, and if you’ve recently been asked to sign such an agreement, you should consider first speaking with a Chesterfield County non-compete agreement attorney. Contact Passero Employment Law to learn more about these agreements and what signing one may mean for you.
Do I Need a Chesterfield County Non-Compete Agreement Attorney?
A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and an employer that is essentially designed to prevent an employee from using ideas, trade secrets, and other business practices gained through their current place of employment to start their own business or join a competing organization in the same field.
In most cases, employers ask their employees to sign these agreements because it may hurt their business if an employee took valuable information acquired from their company and apply it to another directly competing company, or if the employee left and started a competing company on their own. That being said, non-compete agreements are not always fair to employees.
Non-Compete Agreements in Virginia
As with any legal document, a non-compete agreement means nothing if it isn’t valid and enforceable in the eyes of the law. For a non-compete agreement to be valid and enforceable in the eyes of Virginia law, it must meet the following qualifications:
- It must not violate Virginia public policy.
- It must not place unfair geographical limitations on the worker.
- It must not place an unfair time limitation on the worker.
The bottom line is that under Virginia law, a non-compete agreement must be no greater than is necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interest. If you believe your non-compete agreement violates any of the aforementioned, our firm is here to help.
Contact a Chesterfield County Non-Compete Agreement Attorney
Non-compete agreements aren’t always fair, which is why it is our job to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact Passero Employment Law today to learn more about non-compete agreements.