Defending Employees Accused Of Noncompete Agreement Violations
Noncompete 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 noncompete agreements to be overly restrictive, making it difficult for an employee to find work without violating the noncompete 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 noncompete 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 noncompete agreement you have been asked to sign, or a past employer is threatening to sue you over violations of a noncompete 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 35 years of employment law experience, our attorneys have achieved an outstanding record of success.
Common Problems With Noncompete 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 noncompete 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 Noncompete Agreement
If the court finds that there has been a violation of the noncompete 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. Call us toll-free at 877-791-8076.