At Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn, our Columbus, Ohio, attorneys negotiate, enforce, and dispute individual employment contracts on behalf of employees at the time of hire, during the tenure of employment, and after the employment relationship has ended.
The most commonly disputed aspects of employment contracts are covenants not to compete, which are also referred to as non-compete agreements or noncompetition covenants, and confidentiality agreements. A covenant not to compete is an agreement that the employee will not compete with the employer for a specified time, within a specified geographic area. A confidentiality agreement is an agreement that the employee will not disclose the employer’s trade secrets or proprietary client information.
Ohio courts are skeptical of covenants not to compete, and will enforce such agreements only to the extent that the agreement is reasonable. A court considers whether the restraint in the covenant is no greater than is required for the protection of the employer, does not impose undue hardship on the employee, and is not injurious to the public. In making those determinations, the court considers a number of factors which are focused on fairness and balancing the interests of the employee and the employer. If the court finds the covenant is unreasonable, it will modify the agreement.
If you are disputing an employment contract with your employer and need an experienced Columbus, Ohio, attorney, contact Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn today to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation.