Non-compete agreement; violation

I own a small company and hired an employee who represented in writing that he did not have a non-compete agreement with his former employer. After 4 months of employment, my employee's former employer (who is a direct competitor of my company) faxed me a copy of a non-compete agreement that the employee had signed. If I continue to employ the employee in violation of the agreement, does my company face liability? Thanks, Nino

6 answers  |  asked Feb 19, 2003 2:47 PM [EST]  |  applies to Maryland

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Mary T. Keating
Liability for employee's non-compete

Your competitor may attempt to bring suit against the employee on the contract and your company on a theory of intentional interference with contract. While you didn't know about the non-compete, and made every effort to protect yourself, the terms of the employee's contract and the tasks that the employee now does for you need to be examined. In addition, if there is a suit, your employee will be distracted, busy, and perhaps looking to you for financial assistance. To decide what to do, more facts are needed. Call me if you would like to discuss this further. Mary Keating, 410-532-8900.

posted by Mary T. Keating  |  Feb 24, 2003 08:39 AM [EST]
Michael Snider
Response to non-compete agreement question

This is a complicated issue. We would like to meet with you to discuss this matter in detail. Would you like to schedule an initial consultation? If you cannot come into our office, we can schedule a phone interview. There is a $75.00 charge for the initial consultation. If you choose to retain our services, that cost is applied to the first hour of litigation. Either email us at morris@sniderlaw.com or call (410)808-9445.

posted by Michael Snider  |  Feb 21, 2003 08:50 AM [EST]
Michael Snider
Response to non-compete agreement question

This is a complicated issue. We would like to meet with you to discuss this matter in detail. Would you like to schedule an initial consultation? If you cannot come into our office, we can schedule a phone interview. There is a $75.00 charge for the initial consultation. If you choose to retain our services, that cost is applied to the first hour of litigation. Either email us at morris@sniderlaw.com or call (410)808-9445.

posted by Michael Snider  |  Feb 21, 2003 08:48 AM [EST]
Michael Snider
Response to non-compete agreement question

This is a complicated issue. We would like to meet with you to discuss this matter in detail. Would you like to schedule an initial consultation? If you cannot come into our office, we can schedule a phone interview. There is a $75.00 charge for the initial consultation. If you choose to retain our services, that cost is applied to the first hour of litigation. Either email us at morris@sniderlaw.com or call (410)808-9445.

posted by Michael Snider  |  Feb 21, 2003 08:48 AM [EST]
Michael Snider
Response to non-compete agreement question

Dear Nino:

This is a complicated issue. We would like to meet with you to discuss this matter in detail. Would you like to schedule an initial consultation? If you cannot come into our office, we can schedule a phone interview. There is a $75.00 charge for the initial consultation. If you choose to retain our services, that cost is applied to the first hour of litigation. Either email us at morris@sniderlaw.com or call (410)808-9445.

posted by Michael Snider  |  Feb 21, 2003 08:47 AM [EST]
Michael Snider
Response to non=compete agreement question

Dear Nino:

This is a complicated issue. We would like to meet with you to discuss this matter in detail. Would you like to schedule an initial consultation? If you cannot come into our office, we can schedule a phone interview. There is a $75.00 charge for the initial consultation. If you choose to retain our services, that cost is applied to the first hour of litigation. Either email us at morris@sniderlaw.com or call (410)808-9445.

posted by Michael Snider  |  Feb 21, 2003 08:46 AM [EST]

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