Ask a Business Lawyer. Get Business Law Questions Answered ASAP.
A non-compete is legal if it is "reasonable" as to time, place and manner. So for example, a non-compete which would prohibit you from being in the inflatable business anywhere in the USA for five years is not reasonable and not legal. But a non-compete that says you cant deal with inflatables in Oklahoma for one year would probably be held legal. So you have to look at the clause that they are seeking to enforce and see if it is reasonable and therefore lawful.