Non-compete agreements are standard practice when hiring key executive employees and sales staff who will have access to sensitive information. They protect the employer's vital business information and present a barrier to unfair competition should the employee leave.

Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for non-compete agreements to be overly restrictive, making it difficult for an employee to find work without violating the non-compete agreement in some way.

At the Law Offices of Louis Stober, Jr., L.L.C., we represent employees in disputes and lawsuits over violations of non-compete agreements, as well as other employment law matters. Our employment lawyers are here to protect your rights, including your right to work.

Whether you have questions about a non-compete agreement you have been asked to sign, or a past employer is threatening to sue you over violations of a non-compete agreement you signed at your last job, contact us.

From our Long Island law office we represent employees throughout New York, from Albany to Long Beach to Riverhead. With more than 20 years of employment law experience, our attorneys have achieved a significant track record of success.

Common Problems With Non-compete Agreements

While employment laws do acknowledge the very real interests of employers in protecting their trade secrets, business practices, and customer lists, they do not give employers the right to unfair limit a person's future employment.

The court will examine:

  • Whether the non-compete agreement specified "reasonable" limitations in terms of time (how long after you quit can you work in a similar field) and geography (how far away must you be in order to work in this field).
  • The employers' claims about whether a customer list or a trade secret was really secret.

The Cost Of Violating A Non-compete Agreement

If the court finds that there has been a violation of the non-compete agreement, it may issue a cease and desist order, forcing the former employee to stop his or her employment. The law allows companies to sue for lost opportunity, lost profits, and punitive damages and there are no financial limits on the amount of damages an employer can claim.

Clearly, the stakes are high for all involved. Why not work with a law firm with experience and a proven record of results? Contact Law Offices of Louis Stober, Jr., L.L.C. to protect your livelihood and earning potential. Telephone us toll free at 877-791-8076.