You go to the Doctor when you are sick.
Counselor when things are stressful.
Accountant when you need taxes filed.
Chiropractor when you need to be re-aligned.
So when do should Virginia employees seek legal help regarding their employment contracts and non-compete agreements.
1. Before they sign them.
2. When they are even thinking about leaving (do not wait until you have already found a new job and left).
My goal and my job for clients is twofold: (1) Advise you to the letter of the law, what activities are prohibited and or allowed under Virginia law, and your specific agreement. (2) Advise you what actions will NOT lead to litigation.
There are two ways Employers come after Employees.
1. Breach of Employment Agreement or 2. Virginia Business Tort claims, like breach of duty of loyalty, Trade Secret Act, Computer Crimes Act, conversion etc.
Please do not think the only prohibited activities are listed in your contract. There is a great deal of activity that can land you in Court.
So again – I ask, when is it time to get professional help about your non-compete agreement in Virginia?
don’t wait until you get a cease and desist letter or are served with a lawsuit. Call and get advice now!