Many businesses in Florida may require employees to sign an agreement stating that they will not accept a position with a rival company for a set time period upon leaving the company. However, when it comes to enforcing a noncompete agreement, some may argue that the terms within are too broad and restrictive. A marketing agency in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against a former employee after claiming he violated his noncompete agreement.
New Boston Creative Group filed the lawsuit against a former employee after he is said to have accepted a position with another marketing company named 502. The company claims that he signed an agreement stating that he could not accept a job with a competitor within 50 miles for up to one year after his employment was terminated. The company says it is concerned that he will attempt to draw customer contacts away, and it is seeking to block him from retaining his new position.
However, the man reportedly claims that the terms of the agreement aren’t specific enough to keep him from accepting the position. He says that he was fired from his previous position for unjust reasons and states that he has in no way sought to bring proprietary company information within to his new job. He asserts that the sole fact that his new employer operates in a similar field shouldn’t be enough to justify the enforcement of his previous noncompete agreement.
Whether seeking to enforce a noncompete agreement, or attempting to keep such an agreement from limiting one’s options, the process can be complex. Those who encounter similar disputes could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney early on for guidance on all their available options. An attorney in Florida can examine the situation thoroughly and assist a client in pursuing the best outcome possible through the necessary channels.