noncompete clause

A provision within a business agreement or employment contract which stipulates that the contracting party must abstain from competitive practices not in the interests of an identified firm, such as starting a competing business or accepting a job with a competitor, and often extending for a period of time after the termination of the original employment or other business relationship.

Lee is just one of a series of execs who have bolted slow-growing Microsoft in the last year for the bright lights of Google. . . . Microsoft turned to its lawyers, accusing Lee of violating his noncompete clause.


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