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Non-compete agreements are contracts between an employee and an employer which verifies that an employee will not enter into competition with the employer during or after employment.
A non-compete agreement is typically in effect only for a certain period of time after employment ends. It is important to obtain the help of qualified legal counsel to understand and determine the relevant dates pertaining to the agreement.
What does a non-compete agreement do?
A non-compete agreement basically prevents an employee from competing against their employer in the employee's next position.
For example, an employer may want to protect the goodwill developed in terms of customer relations, giving the employer a competitive advantage. They may want to prevent an employee from capitalizing on it, thus the employer may enforce a non-compete agreement.
Non-compete agreements are enforceable and legal in Pennsylvania, as long as they reasonably protect the business' interest and have reasonable duration and geographic restrictions.
While it can be hard to enforce a non-compete, keep in mind it is possible. Do not sign an agreement assuming you can ignore it later when you are applying for jobs. If you violate the terms of your non-compete agreement, your former employer may sue you and seek a temporary injunction against you.
How do I know if I need a lawyer?
If you have been let go, and you have any suspicion that it was for an illegal reason, you should call RMN for a free consultation now. Employers have expensive lawyers that help them cover up their illegal practices. You need an employment attorney that will fight for your rights. If you recently made a complaint about sexual harassment, have over heard racist jokes in the workplace, or noticed everyone gets fired when they hit a certain age, call us now!
How can I afford a lawyer?
We know that hiring a lawyer shortly after you have lost your job may seem financially impossible. The good news is that RMN offers contingency billing so you can pursue justice under the least amount of financial hardship. In contingency billing, we pay all the upfront costs in exchange for a portion of the money we secure for you. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing. It is just another way that we are ATTORNEYS WHO ARE ON YOUR TEAM TM.
Are there important deadlines?
Yes, there are extremely important deadlines you must make or your claim could be lost. The EEOC, PHRC, and Courts all have Statutes of Limitations (SOL) that limit the amount of time you have to bring your claim. In some cases, those deadlines can be as soon as 30 days after the illegal act, though in most situations the SOL is between 6 months and 2 years. Only an experienced attorney can tell you what the SOL on your case is. Don't wait to call, or it may be too late.
How much is my case worth?
There is no simple equation that we can use predict how much your case may be worth. You should not trust an attorney who claims to have one. Every case is unique, and the value of any case can only be determined by actually litigating it in court. Our lawyers can assess your situation and give you potential ranges after in depth investigation, but no one lawyer can tell you what our case is worth until it has been settled or tried.
Should I complain to human resources?
Yes, you should make a complaint to your company's HR department if you are sexually harassed by a superior or a co-worker. If your company doesn't have an HR department, you should go to a superior, or an owner. In either case, you should call an attorney right away for advice on your situations.
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