Many employers in Washington, D.C., especially those in high-tech industries, require their employees to sign non-compete agreements as part of their employment contracts. Companies claim these agreements guard their intellectual property including trade secrets, confidential information, and client lists. However, the reality is that non-compete agreements can go far beyond protecting a company’s legitimate business interests.
Typically, non-compete agreements restrict former employees from going to work for a competitor for a period of time, usually one year or two years. Sometimes, the agreements limit the geographic areas in which a former employee can work after leaving a company. Some contracts specify that disputes get resolved in arbitration instead of court.
As a worker, it’s your right to defend yourself when faced with cumbersome or unfair aspects of your contract with an employer. Even if you’ve already signed a non-compete agreement, you may be able to limit the company’s ability to enforce it. You could have it possibly struck down altogether.
Do You Need a Contract Attorney?
At HKM Employment Attorneys, you can find a lawyer who will represent your best interests when dealing with a non-compete agreement. We have a successful record of helping clients navigate the sometimes restrictive covenants of non-compete clauses without hampering your future career prospects.
Here are a few reasons you may want to hire us:
- You’re not sure whether to accept a new job because of an aggressive non-compete agreement
- You’re stuck in a position because your non-compete prevents you from going to another company
- You can no longer use your hard-earned customer list because an employer claims it’s their property
- Your former employer is suing you for violating an old non-compete agreement
If you’re experiencing any of these situations, one of our contract lawyers in Washington, D.C. will be ready to help. We can do everything from helping you negotiate the terms of a non-compete agreement to presenting a case court. Our focus is on protecting the rights of workers like you.
Committed to Your Case
At HKM Employment Attorneys, we realize that your employment issue may be time sensitive. Our employment lawyers are ready to evaluate your case and get to work quickly. Our law firm has helped many employees who’ve faced non-compete clause disputes in the District of Columbia, and we have access to a wide range of resources.
Although laws governing the enforceability of non-compete agreements vary by state, we pay close attention to case law affecting non-compete agreements throughout the country. Please call or contact us today to get legal advice before you sign a non-compete agreement.