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Employment Contracts: Do they always hold up in court?

Just because a Texas individuals signs a contract does not mean that it is legally enforceable. Some employment contracts may contain clauses that do not comply with the law, and in some instances of non-compete clauses, the verbiage may either be too specific or too vague to hold up in court. An out-of-state woman has taken her case to a federal court to have her non-compete agreement nullified and to contest a lawsuit her former employer has brought against her.

The plaintiff was hired as a technologist for Biotronic Southeast LLC in 2013. Two years later, she was asked to sign an amended version of her employment contract. The agreement stated that the woman could not be involved in any way with any of Biotronic's competitors for a period of one year after her employment with the company ended.

The woman eventually quit the company and began to work for a small competitor in the nearby area. Biotronic then filed a lawsuit against her for violating her contract. The plaintiff alleges that she will suffer financial hardship if she cannot continue to work at her new job.

In contract agreements, according to Louisiana law, if the specific municipalities or parishes are not identified, the contract does not stand. The plaintiff alleges that because her contract does not specifically name any locations, her contract is void. She is seeking for the court to nullify her non-compete contract and award her any redress the court finds just. Employment contracts can contain a lot of verbiage that may be difficult for Texas individuals to understand on their own. It is always advisable for workers to have their contracts reviewed by an employment law attorney who can review the clauses for enforceability and ensure the best interests of both parties are represented.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Technologist seeks court judgment over issue with noncompete agreement", Hoang Tran, Feb. 3, 2016

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