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Before You Quit: How to Handle Your Non-Compete

If you signed a non-compete, here are some things to consider before you leave:

Get a copy of your non-compete contract. Make sure you have a copy of your contract. Hopefully, you kept a copy when you signed it. But if you lost your copy, or never got one, you have to be careful. You could ask your boss, but it will . . .

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Asked to Sign a Non-Compete? Know Your Virginia Rights

Have you been asked to sign a non-compete contract at work?

If you are a Virginia employee, then you should be aware of your rights in the workplace before signing. Here is a summary of what you need to know about Virginia non-compete contracts – before you sign.

Tip #1 – You have a right not to sign. There is no Virginia law that requires you to sign . . .

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Veterinarian Non-Compete Held Unenforceable in Virginia

In Farm Veterinary Servs. v. Novak, 61 Va. Cir. 584 (2001), a group of veterinarians had a non-compete contract with their employer.

The veterinarians resigned and began competing with their former employer. The employer sued or breach of contract.The judge held that the non-compete was overbroad, unreasonable and unenforceable as a matter of law, and dismissed the lawsuit.

Here is a brief summary of the case . . .

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Does Virginia allow a non-compete covering any of the company’s offices?

Imagine working for a large, national company. You are based in Richmond. The company has offices in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. You resign to join a competitor in Orange County.

Not a problem, right? After all, you are moving nearly 2,000 miles away for your new job.

It might be a problem if, like many employees, your non-compete says, “Employee will not perform competitive services . . .

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Is a worldwide ban on soliciting former clients valid in Virginia?

Many non-solicitation contracts will state, “Employee will not, directly or indirectly, solicit competitive services from the customers of Employer for a period of two (2) years.”

Read literally: the employee cannot solicit former clients anywhere throughout the world.

Is a worldwide ban on solicitation enforceable?

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Damages for Breach of a Non-Compete in Virginia

When an employee breaches an valid non-compete contract, the employer is entitled to damages and other relief.

Employers have several options: preliminary injunction, permanent injunction, lost profits, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Here is a summary of the damages that an employer is allowed to recover under Virginia law in non-compete cases.

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