Practice Areas > Covenants Not to Compete / Non-Compete Agreements
Although Maryland law disfavors non-competition agreements because they conflict with the "natural and inherent" right of individuals to pursue their livelihoods, courts will generally enforce such agreements if they are reasonable.

What is reasonable? It depends. Non-competition agreements must be tailored to protect an employer's business interest. Hence, a Court is much more likely to enforce an agreement that prohibits a salesperson from working for a competitor than it would an agreement that prohibits a secretary from doing the same. Such agreements must also be limited in geographic scope and duration.

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions about Non-Competition Agreements in Maryland.
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