Employees are prohibited from joining industries or marketplaces that their employers view as being in direct Compete with their business by non-Compete agreements.

To maintain their position in a market, employers may require employees to sign non-Compete agreements. An employee is often restricted from working for or joining a company for a specific period under a non-Compete agreement.

In their employment contracts, independent contractors and consultants may also be bound by a non-compete provision that forbids Compete when the parties to a partnership part ways and leave the company. Every party to the agreement must feel fair and equal under any non-compete agreement.