Q: What should I do if the terms of my non-compete agreement are preventing my ability to earn a living?
With the job market improving for workers, employers are turning to non-compete agreements more often in order to reduce the likelihood of their employees leaving to work for a competitor. The terms of these agreements can sometimes be overly burdensome for the employee. Fortunately for employees in New York, courts generally refuse to enforce non-compete agreements that are unreasonable. If your New York non-compete agreement is manifestly unfair, overly broad, or injurious to the public, you may have success defeating it.
Employee Mazhar Saleem knows this scenario all too well. Saleem is subject to the terms of a non-compete that prevent him from taking another job even when his own employer has no work for him. However, he is also not guaranteed hours or pay when he does not have work. Saleem is currently challenging the terms of the agreement as being manifestly unfair. If you are having difficulty earning a living but are stifled by the terms of a non-compete agreement in New York, consider taking the following actions:
Contact an experienced New York business litigation attorney right away. Attempting to get out of such a contract without the help of a knowledgeable professional, or simply ignoring the agreement and violating its terms, can cause you significant financial or other harm.
In preparation for your meeting with your attorney, you should:
- Obtain a copy of the agreement and any amendments.
- Calculate the length of time under which the agreement applies.
- Calculate the geographic area to which the agreement applies.
After taking the above actions, you and your attorney will develop a strategy to help you move forward with your career without exposing you to potential legal liability. It is vital that you have a knowledgeable New York business litigation lawyer in your corner during this process. Call our office today at (888) 497-3410 for a consultation.