I worked as a personal trainer at a gym and want to go work for a new gym that is within the noted mirage in a non compete agreement
Generally, you should contact an employment attorney in your local area. Non-compete agreements are largely governed by state law so an attorney who knows the law for your area is your best bet. In addition, many non-compete agreements are written too broadly and may be unenforceable. A good attorney is your best bet.
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You don't necessarily need an attorney that limits their practice to employment law. There are many attorneys competent to give you legal advice concerning the enforceability of a non-compete. Although it is probably a good idea to pay an attorney to consult about the agreement and your circumstances you can also review the controlling statute in Florida concerning non-compete agreements (Section 542.335. The link is set forth here:
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Any lawyer experienced in labor and employment issues. The Agreement will have to be reviewed. Someone associated with FLNELA or NELA. Hope this helps.
As others have said, you should schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced employment law attorney. In order to provide sound analysis and advice regarding your non-compete, there must be a thorough discussion as to your personal employment history, your job duties with the employer, your employer's business, and so on. Typically, my consultations last at least an hour, sometimes longer. Most lawyers, including myself, will charge a consultation fee to review your non-compete agreement, but it may be money well spent if you are able to avoid becoming a defendant in a court case brought against you by your employer.
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