We are frequently asked by clients how they can get out of their non-compete agreements. Our first response is that it would have been much easier if they called us before signing the non-compete, but what is done is done. The options now are the following: (1) negotiate with your employer to reduce or revise the provisions of the non-compete agreement; (2) discuss with your new employer the possibility of defending you in any lawsuit to enforce the non-compete; (3) narrowly tailor the new job description and duties so that you don’t violate the agreement and protect the disclosure of any proprietary information; or (4) do nothing and just breach the agreement and wait for your employer to come after you (we don’t recommend this approach). One of these options may work for you so that you can continue working and support yourself and your family.
If you have a non-compete, please call our NJ Non-Compete Lawyers to schedule a meeting to discuss how to best work through your non-compete agreement.