An Ohio non-compete agreement is a legal document that companies use to address their concerns that their former employees may dissolve information on their business practices and trade secrets. Non-compete agreements restrict the actions of an employee once his or her job comes to an end. Usually, these restrictions include the employee refrain from working for a competing company or other business in the same industry for a period of time. Non-compete agreements may also have geographic restraints on them as well, prohibiting the employee from working for similar companies within a geographic radius. These agreements should be seriously considered before signing, as the employee can be held liable for damages if found guilty of breaching this agreement.
Ohio Non-Compete Agreement Laws - § 1333.81
In Ohio, non-compete agreements must be mindful not to impose a greater burden on the employee than necessary to protect the interests of the company. For example, an animation company may require that the employee refrains from working for other animation companies within a 25-mile radius for a period of two (2) years. However, what a company may not do is refrain the employee from working for other animation companies for a period of 10 years within a 250-mile radius. This type of agreement would be considered excessive and unenforceable.