NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS (aka COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE)
More employers are requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements, also known as covenants not to compete. There is no nice way to say it: Non-competes in Tennessee are terrible.
A typical non-compete agreement is a document an employee signs – usually upon beginning his employment but sometimes years later – promising not to work in the industry, location, or for specific employers for a defined period of time after the current employment ends. Although Tennessee courts say they “disfavor” non-competes, courts enforce them.
There are a few facts courts and employment lawyers consider when determining if a non-compete is enforceable: Is the employer’s reason for requiring the non-compete better than simply not wanting someone to compete with it? Is the non-compete reasonable in scope and duration? Did the employee get some benefit in exchange for signing the non-compete? The closer to “yes” the answers are, the more likely a court will enforce the non-compete.
If you have been asked to sign a non-compete, your former employer is threatening to sue you for violating a non-compete, or you have questions about how to get out of a non-compete, you should call an experienced employment lawyer immediately. At Nelson Law Group we represent employees in all types of situations arising from non-compete agreements, so let us put our experience in employment law to work for you.