Am I bound by a “no compete” clause for 2 years when it concerns my primary profession?

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Am I bound by a “no compete” clause for 2 years when it concerns my primary profession?

Asked on November 30, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Non-compete agreements are valid in the state of Illinois, which is where you have listed as the state or origin here.  They are judged on a case by case basis looking at the facts of the case and the agreement themselves.  In Illinois the Supreme Court has ruled that they have to be reasonable in time and geographic location and that employers seeking to enforce a non-compete must demonstrate a "legitimate business interest" beyond merely objecting to the competition. Please seek help.  Good luck.


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