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Noncompete disputes: Chef out of job amidst fierce lawsuit

Many individuals in Florida and elsewhere may seek to further their careers by pursuing new endeavors with other companies. Unfortunately, it isn't always as simple as handing in a resignation, perhaps especially if the new employer operates within a similar field. Some businesses require employees to sign a contract that prohibits them from taking similar actions, and should this person attempt to work for a competitor, noncompete disputes may follow.

A recent dispute has arisen between two restaurants over a chef that is reportedly a rising star in his field. The man had previously left an acclaimed restaurant to join another venture named Harvey. However, after two years, the new restaurant was yet to open its doors, and he left to join Sessanta, which apparently resulted in a lawsuit.

Although it was not open for business, Harvey filed a noncompete lawsuit against the chef after he attempted to join Sessanta. It claims that the man took trade secrets with him upon leaving, and that the image of the business was damaged in the process. While litigation is ongoing, a judge recently ruled that the chef cannot work for Sessanta due to the noncompete agreement.

Noncompete disputes are intricate matters which may require a detailed interpretation of the agreement signed by both parties. Since these issues can be complex, those facing litigation could find it beneficial to seek guidance from an attorney early in the process. An attorney can thoroughly evaluate the situation, along with the contract, and provide a client in Florida with advice on the best course of action with which to proceed.

Source: eater.com, "Nasty Lawsuit Forces Sessanta???s Chef Out of the Kitchen", Serena Dai, Aug. 28, 2017

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