Non-Compete AgreementsTallahassee Employment Defense Lawyers
The area of employment law governing non-compete agreements is very complex and seldom do the parties involved recognize the full extent of their rights. In fact, many times these cases are decided at a preliminary injunction hearing within a few days of filing a complaint for relief. In light of that fact, the ability to quickly litigate very complex issues in non-compete litigation is critical. If you are in a non-compete or other restrictive covenant-related dispute, it is important for you to obtain competent counsel and to fully preserve all of your rights in the litigation.
If you are an employee who has signed a non-compete agreement with your employer, you should know that there are several facts that may prevent of enforcement of a restrictive covenant. These include:
- Establishing that the employer breached the agreement by failing to provide certain compensation, benefits, or employment conditions
- Establishing that the employer engaged in conduct that violates specific laws
- Establishing that the restriction is not necessary to protect the employer’s interest or that the scope of the agreement is unreasonable
Under the equitable doctrine of “unclean hands” if your employer has engaged in unlawful conduct such as sexual harassment, failing to pay wages or bonuses, discrimination, or preventing you through other means from performing your job successfully, then your employer may be prevented from pursuing a non-compete agreement.
We represent employees of private companies as well as employees of public entities or government employers, including police departments, state, county and municipal governments.