by Kelly Mulloy Myers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist
A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employer and employee. The purpose of a non-compete is to restrict the ability of a former employee to go into business against the employer or to call on the employer’s clients within an identified geographic area and period of time. Reasonable non-compete agreements are enforceable in Ohio. A court will look at the nature of the duties restricted, the geographic restriction, and the length of time of the restriction in order to determine the reasonableness of a non-compete. If an employer seeks to enforce a non-compete agreement against you, it is important to obtain counsel as soon as possible. The parties are often able to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to the dispute.