If your employer has handed you a non-compete agreement and you work in California, you will need to figure out what to expect. You may also wonder if you can be forced to sign and follow a non-compete agreement in California. But are non-compete agreements enforceable in California? Is it possible to get out of a non-compete? If your employer presents you with a non-compete agreement, would it be helpful to hire a lawyer?

These concerns should be treated with a great deal of care, and Blackstone Law’s employment legal team may be able to help. We have extensive experience in employment law involving cases of illegal and unenforceable behavior from employers. Our team also prides ourselves on supporting its clients through every step of the legal process. Below is information about non-compete agreements in California, including what to do when you receive one.

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in California?

Non-compete agreements are not enforceable in California. If you have signed a non-compete agreement, it is not binding.

Non-compete agreements generally only benefit the employer. Across all states in the USA, non-compete agreements are restricted from being too broad. But in California, even if you choose to work in a similar line of work or industry, you have the flexibility to accept additional employment. Additionally, it is not permissible to fire an employee just for working multiple jobs in the same industry.

Because non-compete agreements are not enforceable in California, you should be able to get out of the contract, even if you have signed one. However, doing so may require that you hold your employer and workplace accountable for illegal behavior. For help with the legal process, please speak with an employment lawyer in California.

Should I Hire an Employment Lawyer in California?

Hiring an employment lawyer in California may be greatly helpful if you wish to hold your employer accountable. Your attorney may help you in several ways throughout the legal process, including offering the following:

  • Legal knowledge
  • Negotiation tactics
  • Handling other legal representation
  • File and complete necessary paperwork
  • Refer you to helpful professionals
  • Provide you with useful information and resources
  • Reduce stress
  • Collect evidence
  • Join or lead investigations

Please refrain from representing yourself during legal proceedings, as you may misrepresent yourself and risk losing your chances of success. Your employment lawyer is far more likely to represent you fairly and favorably, getting you the results you want and holding your employer accountable.

You should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible in the legal process. This will likely provide enough time to collect evidence and construct strong arguments in your favor. As a result, this increases the likelihood of positive results for your case.

Hold Your Employer Accountable With Blackstone Law’s Employment Attorneys in California

If your employer has presented you with a non-compete agreement in California, Blackstone Law may be able to help you protect your rights and hold your workplace accountable. Our legal team has extensive experience in employment law, which means that we have the strategies and resources necessary to help numerous clients with their cases. We pride ourselves on supporting our clients through every step of the legal process and getting the justice they deserve.

To discuss your case, express your concerns, and obtain helpful information from our legal team, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. This will likely improve your chances of obtaining favorable results following legal proceedings, as sufficient time will allow your lawyer to collect and compile information and evidence, as well as construct strong arguments in your favor. You can call us at (310) 956-4054 or complete our contact form, whichever you prefer. We look forward to hearing from you.