Confidentiality agreements are employment contracts designed to protect employers from suffering loss to competitors. They are meant to keep things fair. The problem is that in some cases they can give too much power to a business, unreasonably limiting an employee’s ability to earn a living. That’s not fair.
In a perfect world, a confidentiality agreement will keep an employee from sharing proprietary or privileged information — trade secrets, pricing, customer lists, marketing strategies and the like — with his or her next employer without causing harm to the employee. Nondisclosure agreements and restrictive covenants are frequently used terms in matters related to confidentiality and intellectual property.
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If you are seeking a lawyer for a confidentiality agreement issue, talk to the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a firm with approximately40 years of experience dealing with complex employment matters. Whether you are trying to avoid trouble or you are already involved in litigation, we
can help you answer critical questions that relate to your specific situation:
- To what extent can you take information from one employer to the next?
- What is considered a trade secret, and what is not?
- What can you disclose about a similar project you worked on in the past?
- Does my former company have the right to sue me? Will their suit hold water?
- What’s the best way to negotiate with a party in an employment-related dispute?
Confidentiality agreements can be difficult to enforce, but is essential to be thoroughly prepared if you are concerned about a lawsuit or potential lawsuit.