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Non Compete Agreements in Florida

What do you do if your former employer says you have a non-compete or if your ex-employee suddenly joins a competitor.

Non-competes in Florida. Understanding injunctive relief and the protection of trade secrets. Hello my name is John Pankauski. We get calls at our law firm about business litigation and sometimes involves employees who leave a corporation and they have a non-competition agreement, a non-compete agreement or a non-compete. Which basically is a contract between an employer and employee when they were the employee says if I leave the workplace if I separate from service and leave your employment, I agree not to compete with you for a specific limited time period and usually within a specific geography. A recent case from Florida’s 1st District’s Court of Appeal talks about this very issue because corporations and businesses have a desire to preserve trade secrets to keep practices secret and to keep employees who leave employment from disseminating those secrets and the method in trying to protect those is often through injunctive relief. What we call restraining orders or temporary or permanent injunctions. To read more about this non-compete issue consider reading the Norton versus American LED technology case from the First District. It was handed down on April 30th 2018. You can read it free of charge by going to the 1st Districts website.