Florida Employment Contracts and Non-Compete Agreements
The employment contract attorneys at LaBar Adams provide highly knowledgeable representation to employees in Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimee and Central Florida to make sure their employment contract/agreement has not been drafted in a manner that benefits the employer at the employee’s rights expense.
Our employment law attorneys can help you review an employment contract, negotiate the contract terms with the employer, protect your rights in a non-compete agreement or in a non-solicitation agreement, and deal with issues that arise with employment and non-compete agreements once the employment has ended.
What is a Non-Compete Agreement?
Non-compete agreements, also known as “restrictive covenants”, are not uncommon in employment agreements. In general, employers use these agreements to prevent employees from working in the same business field within a specified geographical area if this could jeopardize the success of the company. Non-compete agreements usually take effect once the employee cease to work for the employer.
Reasons for Having a Non-Compete agreement
There are a variety of reasons for an employer to have non-compete agreements with their employees. Among them:
- To protect trade secrets
- To protect their customer relationships
- To prevent their employees from working for their competitors
- To protect the investment made while training their employees
In order for non-compete agreements to be considered valid in Florida, they have to meet four criteria:
- They must be in writing.
- They must protect a legitimate business interest.
- They must be reasonable in time frame.
- They must be reasonable in geographical scope
There are situations in which an employee can defeat a non-compete agreement. For example, sometimes the geographical scope of the non-compete agreement is set to such a large geographical area that prevents the employee from working across the nation. In cases like this, our Orlando non-compete agreement attorneys will work to reduce the geographical scope to a reasonably one.
Contact our Non-Compete Agreement Attorney in Orlando
If you believe that your non-compete agreement is invalid, or that should not be enforceable, or would like to negotiate the terms of your employment contract, we strongly advice you to contact our Orlando contract or non-compete attorney immediately for a free consultation! Call us at 407-835-8968 or fill out our online form and we will contact you shortly.