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Is the maintenance of MRI shielding a restricted endeavor under the agreement?
Does your previous employer handle maintenance? Would you be directly competing with them?
Thank you for the additional information.
Non compete agreements are legal in Texas, provided they are reasonable in geographic and time restriction. Also, they must be necessary to protect a genuine proprietary interest.
That said, they are extremely expensive for employers to enforce and, for that reason, many go no further than a cease and desist letter unless the ex employee is causing real and substantial commercial harm.
I think the 10 yr would not be considered reasonable.
You may want to speak to your ex employer and see if they would release you for maintenance employment only.
If you were competing with them they would start by sending a cease and desist letter. Then, if that did not stop you they would seek to get an injunction to stop you from doing any more business and pay them anything you made doing the prohibited activity.
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