Are non-compete agreements usually honored?

I work as an healthcare IT consultant for a consulting agency based in another state. I signed a non compete document at my hiring. It states that I will not deal in any manner with businesses that are customers of the agency. However, a large corporation contacted me about a permanent position local to my home.

Asked on September 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, non-competition agreements are almost always enforced. They may, however, be reduced in scope if too broad or too long in time period, since the courts don't want to make it impossible to earn a living. However, an agreement to not work for or with customers of an employer is sufficiently focused and reasonable that it is likely to be enforced as is. That said, for a more definitive answer, you need an attorney to review this specific agreement with you.

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