Restrictive Covenant and Non-compete Agreements
Representing New Jersey Employees and Employers in Non-compete Lawsuits
Non-compete agreements, also called restrictive covenants, are common in today’s business world. The purpose of these agreements is typically to protect employers’ proprietary information. They do this by preventing employees from going to work for competitors if they leave the company. The terms of non-compete agreements can be confusing, vague or unreasonable. This may then result in litigation.
At the law firm of Garland & Mason, L.L.C., we have significant experience representing employees and employers in lawsuits involving a non-compete agreements or restrictive covenant.
Experienced Restrictive Covenant Attorneys
Sometimes a non-compete clause can be embedded into a lengthy employment contract. Non-compete agreements typically involve geographical criteria and indicate a length of time the contract is valid. Enforcing restrictive covenants is not as cut-and-dry as it may seem. In the past, courts favored the employee when employment contract terms are vague or unreasonable.
At Garland & Mason, L.L.C., we have the skill and legal knowledge to represent employers and employees in these sometimes arduous non-compete disputes. Lawsuits arise when an employer files a “show cause notice” in order to prevent a former employee from competing. Then, an emergency hearing is called to give the employer the opportunity to explain his or her actions. If the employee is unsuccessful in convincing the court, then the employer may proceed with a breach of contract claim. Often, the emergent hearing resolves the conflict.
New Jersey contract law can be extremely complex. If you are in a lawsuit over a restrictive covenant, then you need a business attorney to represent you. Please contact our New Jersey business litigation attorney at (732) 358-2028 to arrange a free consultation.