Non-compete Agreement Attorney in Succasunna Assists Workers
Firm serving Morris and Sussex counties protects NJ clients against improper restrictions
Some employers require workers to sign non-compete agreements, which limit an individual’s employment options if they leave for another job. However, New Jersey law limits employers’ ability to impose these restrictions. At Kevin T. Kutyla, Esq. in Succasunna, I am employment lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience who provides comprehensive counsel on non-compete agreements. If you are worried about being required to sign this type of document or that you might be unfairly bound by one, , I will explain your rights once you move on and, if necessary, represent you in court to fight illegal restrictions on your future employment.
Why might you be required to sign a non-compete agreement?
A non-compete agreement is a contract or contract clause between an employer and an employee that restricts the employee’s job opportunities after they leave the company. The most obvious benefit your employer derives from it is to prevent you from working for its competitors. In New Jersey, a non-compete agreement is invalid if its only purpose is to restrict ex-employees from competing with their former employers. However, companies are permitted to negotiate limits that protect its trade secrets, confidential information and customer relations. It’s important to understand your employment contract and its implications for your future before you sign it. As an experienced and knowledgeable employment attorney in Morris County, New Jersey, I understand where the boundaries lie and can help you anticipate problems that may arise if you seek to take a position elsewhere. My firm thoroughly reviews each term of these agreements, and, when necessary, works to negotiates fairer language.
When is a non-compete agreement legal and what can you do if it isn’t?
To be legal, a non-compete agreement must be drafted so as to:
- Have a legally permissible purpose
- Have reasonable limitations as to the amount of time, geographic area and types of professions or businesses in which the ex-employee is prohibited from working
- Not cause undue hardship to the employee
- Not be injurious to the public
If the agreement reflects a legitimate purpose but is too broad, a court might choose to limit its scope, rather than strike it down completely. If you are subject to a non-compete agreement or are asked to sign one, we can determine if it meets the foregoing requirements. If not, I will challenge objectionable provisions and work with your employer’s attorneys to try to replace it with more acceptable language. If you have left your employer and need to free yourself from an illegal non-compete agreement, I have extensive experience with employment contract disputes and am prepared to advocate in court on your behalf.
Contact a board-certified civil trial attorney who protects employees from unfair non-compete agreements
If you are an employee saddled with an unfair non-compete agreement, you can trust Kevin T. Kutyla, Esq. to fight for your rights. For more than 25 years, I have delivered positive results for New Jersey employees. Call 862-354-8931 or contact me online to schedule an appointment. My office is conveniently located in Succasunna at 15 Commerce Boulevard, just off Route 10.