What to Know about a Non-Compete Agreement in Tennessee

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Non-compete agreements are not uncommon in the workplace. However, occasionally, there are instances where they may be too broad in scope and thus can limit a person’s ability to obtain future employment or to maintain their business. Do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Tennessee employment law firm if you have questions or concerns about non-compete agreements. At Morris & Doolan, we are committed to ensuring that you and your future are protected.

What is a non-compete agreement in Tennessee?

When someone is hired into a new role for a job, they may have to sign a non-compete agreement. This is a clause that is applied in employment contracts that limit the conditions under which an individual can leave their job to take another one. The biggest concerns for a company using these agreements are that an employee will acquire field-specific information or trade secrets, quit their current job, and apply to a competing company in the same field. This clause mostly targets jobs that are within the same industry and geographical location.

Non-competes can be given to employees either at the start of employment or mid-way through employment, but nonetheless will need to be supported by some consideration (something given in exchange for the agreement).

If you have questions or concerns about non-compete agreements, it is in your best interest to reach out to our experienced employment law firm to learn more and discuss the specifics of your case.

What if my non-compete agreement is too limiting?

Sometimes, legal claims can arise because these agreements might be unfair to trusting employees. Usually, non-compete agreements entail both time and geography limits. For instance, a non-compete agreement may assert that an employee is forbidden from using insider knowledge at a competing company for the next 5 years and may only apply to a certain state or area.

It is important to note, however, that each circumstance is different and the court will weigh the facts of each case separately. These issues are highly subjective, and as a result, they require the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney, whether you are the employee or the employer. If you believe that your non-compete agreement is too large in scope or is just unreasonable, do not hesitate to reach out to Morris & Doolan before signing the agreement.

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