Can i be sued if contract is expired and work privately for client

Asked over 2 years ago - Grapevine, TX

i work for home health company in texas in april will be two years and thats when contract runs out saying i want work privately. the client contract states i cant go privately for 1 year after quitting or they will sue them for 10 thousand and me 3 thousand can they do this.be cause they want me privately.

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  1. Brian W. Erikson

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    Answered . It sounds like you have a covenant not to compete question. Covenants not to compete in Texas must be reasonable in terms of scope, geographic area, and duration. Whether they comply depends on an analysis of your particular facts and circumstances. Also, a covenant not to compete must be ancillary to an otherwise enforceable agreement. This means that the company had to offer some independent consideration (value) for the covenant. Texas courts historically have been reluctant to validate a covenant not to compete, but have somewhat relaxed that position of late.

    All that said, you would have to have an attorney read the covenant, and evaluate and assess your particular facts and circumstances.

    Good luck.

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