Non-compete agreements are generally an agreement between an employer and an employee stating that, if the employee decides to leave the company, he or she will not work for a competitor for a specified period of time. Often non-compete agreements are presented as a condition of employment.
The enforceability of non-compete agreements varies from state to state, with some states declaring all such agreements invalid. In Illinois, courts have looked on non-compete agreements with skepticism, generally finding that they are enforceable if the terms of the agreement are reasonable, and if the agreement is necessary to protect an employer’s legitimate business interest. The specific facts of each case are the determining factor.
Lori Ecker has extensive experience representing employees in these often complex disputes.
Severance agreements usually include a release of an employee’s right to sue the employer, so if you think you have been wrongfully terminated because of race, sex, religion or some other discriminatory reason, it might be advisable not to sign.
Contact Lori Ecker for superior representation and counsel in all matters related to non-compete agreements.