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Are non-compete agreements enforceable in California?

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2022 | Employment Contracts

When you are trying to find a new career, the moment you receive an employment contract offer is exciting. But sometimes, when signing your name on the dotted line, you agree to much more than just a new job. One common type of agreement is a non-compete agreement. In today’s post, we will discuss the basics of a non-compete agreement, and then, answer the important question, can an employer enforce one against you?

Non-compete basics

A non-compete agreement usually stipulates that after an employee leaves their tenure at a respective employer, they will not join a competitor’s company or use any company-owned information for a defined period. Many companies will ask employees to leave the entire job sector after leaving them because of corporate rivalry fears. But, do employers have the right to choose your career path after leaving?

Are these agreements enforceable in California?

California does not allow employers to enforce non-compete agreements. An employer can ask you to sign to these agreements, but just because you sign a non-compete agreement, the employer must still abide by state laws. If an employer threatens action against you for a non-compete violation in California, you may benefit from contacting an attorney experienced in defending employees against frivolous legal action.

Where do you go if you have questions regarding non-compete agreements?

New employment contracts can be complex and the prospect of new employment, while offering a promise of a better future, may leave you with questions about the legal implications of your contract. An attorney for employees can offer you guidance about any questions about employment law and guide you with any questions about non-compete agreements.

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