Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma

Q: Non-Compete Agreement

I have a non-compete agreement with my current employer in Norman, OK. The agreement states that "To the maximum extent permitted by law, this Agreement will be interpreted under, and governed by, the laws of the State of Wisconsin." Can they enforce this agreement on me in Oklahoma or if I go to a competitor in Texas?

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A: More information is needed here. The provision you quoted simply means that disputes under the agreement will be governed by Wisconsin law. The agreement can still be enforced regardless of where you live or work.

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson

A: While there are several different states mentioned here, they don’t matter as much as what exactly you agreed to when you signed the non-compete agreement. Please review with an employment lawyer before taking any action so you can be informed of any potential consequences. If you do start working for the new company in Texas, it is in your best interest to have an employment lawyer review their non-compete agreement or any other employment contract the new company may ask you to sign. Good luck!

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