California Non-Competes, Quirky Question # 55
Quirky Question # 55:
We have a highly mobile workforce, and we are concerned about our former employees going to work for a competitor, stealing our customers, and raiding our employees. We are a technology based company and have developed proprietary information that would give our competitors an edge if our former employees were to use or disclose it to them. We are based in California and understand that it has a very narrow view of non-competition agreements. It seems very unfair. If we put provisions into our contracts to try to stop this from happening, what are the chances that the contract will be enforceable?
[Quirky Question # 55 is another one of our California Questions. As such, I have requested one of my California colleagues to provide the analysis. The analysis below was written by Karen Wentzel of our Palo Alto office. As I’ve described previously, Karen is a Stanford Law School grad, who has been practicing employment law for more than 20 years. Karen’s biography can be found at www.dorsey.com. Her email address is: email@example.com. If you would like to see other analyses provided by Karen, click on the “View by Topic” box to the left of this posting, and scroll down to “California Questions.” Click on that category and other California questions will be displayed.
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