A non-compete agreement in the state of Colorado is a legal document that allows employers and business partners to receive written consent that the person will not disclose company trade secrets or engage in competitive behavior. Although the state of Colorado allows and enforces non-compete agreements, it also recognizes a person’s need to earn a living. Given this fact, Colorado does not allow stipulations that hinge an employees ability to secure employment in the normal job market. Furthermore, the law does not allow non-compete agreements to be used in certain professions.
Colorado Non-Compete Laws - § 8-2-113
Although the state of Colorado allows and enforces non-compete agreements, they are generally disfavored among the courts. The state upholds these agreements when they are used appropriately, such as when a business must protect their trade secrets, when they are selling the business, or when a restraint must be put on key personnel. Furthermore, Colorado law dictates that physicians and surgeons may not be required to sign a non-compete agreement.