Violations of Non-Compete Agreements
Our attorneys can defend your rights
Many companies require employees to sign agreements prohibiting them from working for a competing company for a specific period of time after they stop working for the first company. These agreements are known as non-compete agreements.
Understanding how non-compete agreements work in West Virginia can be very confusing. Even knowing what your rights are – and if the agreement involving you is legally binding – might not be so straightforward.
That’s why it’s important that you have someone who understands employment law in West Virginia on your side handling your case. That’s why you need to meet with a lawyer at Klie Law Offices right away. Our West Virginia employment law attorneys can help you explore all the legal options available to you.
How non-compete agreements work
Before some companies agree to hire someone, they require prospective employees to sign a non-compete agreement. These agreements restrict which companies an employee can work for if they stop working for the business, or as side projects while still working for their primary employer.
In general, certain restrictions apply to most non-compete agreements. These restrictions include:
- Specific period of time employee cannot work for competing company.
- Specific geographic location (certain state, mile radius, etc.)
- Specific companies (some agreements name specific businesses)
- All businesses in the same field
But just because a company says it can impose such restrictions, does not mean they can legally do so. In many cases, companies overstep the law and create non-compete agreements that are not legally enforceable. Or your company may have acted in a way that renders your non-compete agreement null and void, such as by firing you or engaging in illegal activity. That’s why you need us on your side to cut through the confusion.
How we can help you
Our attorneys fully understand all the state and federal laws that apply to non-compete agreements in West Virginia. As your attorney, we can review your agreement with you and explain all the legal options available to you.
In some cases, we may suggest having us negotiate directly with your employer on your behalf. Other times, filing a lawsuit against the company may be the most effective way to resolve the situation. Many other solutions also often exist.