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A non-compete in Ohio is a contract between an employer and employee that states that the employee cannot compete with the employer after termination. Although there are no Ohio Revised Code sections dealing with non-competes in Ohio, case law dictates that a non-compete agreement must be “reasonable” in order to protect the employee.
A reasonable non-compete agreement in Ohio must:
- Be no greater than is required for the employer’s protection of a legitimate interest
- Not impose an undue hardship on you
- Not be injurious to the public
Covenants not to Compete by
Call Number: KF 1625 .F34
Publication Date: 2007
Employee Noncompetition Law by
Call Number: KF 3463 .A97
Publication Date: 2011
Ohio Case Law
Raimonde v. Van Vlerah, 42 Oh. St.2d 21 (1975)
The enforceabiility of non-compete agreements in Ohio depends on many different factors. Raimonde v. Van Vlerah, heard by the Ohio Supreme Court, set forth criteria to be used for determining the legality of a non-compete back in 1975. The factors set out in that case remain valid.