What does a noncompete agreement mean for Ohio employees?

In Dayton, Ohio, many employees sign noncompete agreements during the hiring process. Employees agree not to divulge company secrets. If you leave the company in whatever capacity, you agree to not share your former employer’s trade secrets or business practices with your new employer. You also agree to not become a competitor by forming your own company in a similar industry. Noncompete agreements are often the subject of business litigation. Companies are fiercely protective of their trade secrets and will sue proposed violators for damages.

How do you know if you’re violating a noncompete agreement?

During orientation, be sure that you fully understand what you’re signing. Noncompete agreements are signed during the hiring process when an employee is less likely to push back or decline. Employees are not planning their exit when they first start jobs, so they don’t anticipate business litigation over a broken agreement. Employees will sign noncompete agreements thinking that they will never violate them, and this can result in serious legal ramifications.

If you are fired from your job and go to work somewhere else, it’s natural to choose a field in which your skills are the strongest. Therefore, you will likely continue working in the same industry. While at a new job, you may discuss how things were done at your old workplace. You may have acted unintentionally, but an innocent discussion can be interpreted as sharing trade secrets and violating a noncompete agreement.

Can you dispute a noncompete agreement?

Business litigation resolves contract disputes. If you are confronted with violating a noncompete agreement, it’s a wise decision to seek guidance from an experienced, professional litigator. Employers have large legal teams to fight for them. Someone knowledgeable fighting for you can help you avoid costly legal expenses.