Noncompete Agreements

Upon reviewing the terms of your noncompete agreement, you are left with more questions than answers. The contract terms seem vastly unfair, and you fear that they prevent you from working for another company. The language may be unable to decipher and be purposefully confusing. At Robinson & Clapham, our attorneys have seen Fortune 500 and small-scale employers take advantage of their employees in covenants not to compete, leaving former employees with few options to continue their line of work.

We will determine if your noncompete contract is enforceable, your rights as a former employee and where you can legally seek employment.

Your Employer's Noncompete Agreement May Be Unenforceable

We have had great success in negotiating with employers and challenging them in court to protect former employees. Noncompete agreements are only enforceable if the employer has a legitimate interest to protect that may be jeopardized if a former employee works with a competitor. Such interests may include revealing trade secrets and other confidential information. However, the terms of the agreement must be reasonable and necessary to protect to these interests and may not cause an employee undue hardship. Courts will determine if the terms are too restrictive or unfair as they apply to the scope, time and geography.

Additionally, there must be mutual consideration between both the employee and employer for the contract to be enforceable. Consideration includes signing the contract in exchange for certain benefits or compensation or continuing to work for the employer. If there is no consideration, the contract will be legally invalid.

Our Attorneys Can Negotiate The Terms And Challenge The Agreement

Every state has different laws governing noncompete agreements. Our lawyers know Rhode Island state laws and can determine if your case may be upheld by a judge. We will answer the employer's complaint to tell your side of the story and assist in the discovery process. In some cases, we may be able to forgo litigation if we can reach an agreement in mediation.

At an initial consultation, we will review the signed copy of your agreement and determine if your rights were violated. Request a consultation with top lawyers by calling 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365. You may also reach out to our Providence or Wakefield lawyers by using our contact form.