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Unfair Competition & Trade Secret Litigation
Protection From Unfair Competition in Los Angeles, CA
The business world is a place of fierce competition. Employers are very cautious about having their strategies and practices revealed to competitors. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in unfair restrictions on employees. It has become common practice for employers to include a non-compete clause in employment contracts, limiting the places their employees can work should they ever leave the company.
Given that many people continue to work in similar fields throughout their careers, this presents an obvious dilemma. California has set up laws that make non-compete agreements unlawful and unenforceable.
Nonetheless, many employers still put these stipulations into their contracts as a deterrent. If your employer is trying to hold you to a non-compete agreement, contact the experienced Los Angeles employment law attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames. We can help you defend your rights.
Protecting Trade Secrets
A “trade secret is officially defined as information that:
- (1) Derives independent economic value from not being generally known to the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and
- (2) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy
In other words, a trade secret is a process or business practice unknown to others that provides said company with economic value. This definition is still somewhat broad, and there have been many legal debates over what constitutes a “trade secret”.
Some solid examples include:
- Marketing strategies
- Manufacturing techniques
- Customer lists
- Pricing information
Fear of losing trade secrets is a major reason a company wants to hold employees to non-compete agreements. Trade secrets are protected under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and employees who reveal them can be prosecuted. If you are privy to company information and are uncertain as to whether or not it is a trade secret, it is in your best interest to ask a knowledgeable attorney.
Whether you are being unlawfully held to a non-compete clause or accused of revealing trade secrets, the Los Angeles employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames can help. We know California employment laws backward and front and can make sure your rights are protected.
We serve clients in:
- Beverly Hills
- El Segundo
- Manhattan Beach
- Santa Monica
- Sherman Oaks
- And surrounding areas
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Age Discrimination $400,000
At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames you are in good hands.