Like so many Sevier County kids like me, though, my worst job didn’t last very long. I jumped from retail clothing to laser tag to go-carts. Competition for such a fluid workforce is expected in Pigeon Forge tourism, but competition is often discouraged and even nullified in the professional world.
More and more employers now ask employees to sign non-compete agreements. Tennessee courts maintain a complicated relationship with such agreements. As the Tennessee Supreme Court put it all the way back in 1960, “While contracts restraining employment are looked upon with disfavor in modern law, such contracts are sustained, in the absence of contrary statute and subject to the requirements as to limitations of time and space and as to reasonableness.”
What in the world does that mean? It simply means that our courts don’t like non-compete agreements, but they will still enforce reasonable ones. And determining “reasonable” comes down to two t’s: time and territory.
See the full article in the June 1, 2015 Knoxville Business Journal.