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What Is a Non-Compete Agreement?

A non-compete agreement is a legal tool that employers can use to protect their trade secrets and interests. These contracts typically work by forbidding employees and ex-employees from either owning or working for a competitor for the specific period of time stated in the contract. Many times, workers will pay little attention to a non-compete agreement. They don't consider it until they are searching for another form of employment and problems arise with their former employer.

Non-compete agreements can be signed at any time during the employment process, including:

  • At the time of hiring a new employee
  • During the course of employment
  • At the time of termination, often as a condition of a severance agreement

Have questions about a non-compete agreement in Texas? We can look over the details of your agreement during a complimentary consultation.

Texas Non-Compete Agreements

Courts in the State of Texas generally disfavor non-compete agreements. However, they will uphold one if it is legally enforceable and meets certain requirements.

First, the employee's initial decision to enter into the agreement must be reasonably related to an interest that is worthy of their employer's protection.

Second, the agreement must contain reasonable restrictions regarding its geographical limits, restrictive time period, and specific activities that are restricted.

Well-Informed Legal Assistance with Non-Compete Agreement Violations

At Patterson, P.C., our Houston business litigation attorneys have over 25 years of experience providing competent legal advice to our clients and litigating non-compete agreements. Whether you are an employer preparing to draft a non-compete, an employee who has been asked to sign a non-compete, or an employee wanting to leave your company and wondering how you will be affected by the non-compete in place, we can help. Our Houston non-compete agreement attorneys can review the terms of your contract and inform you of how to protect your best interests.

To discuss your non-compete dispute, contact our Houston, TX office at (713) 489-1215 for a free consultation.