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I'm Attorney Robert Wood. I have handled matters involving Texas non-compete agreements for nearly 30 years. I use this blog to help employers and workers understand the complexities surrounding the enforcement of non-competes. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message or give me a call at 469-754-2812.

Texas Right to Work State. Myth and Reality

April 23, 2007 / By Robert Wood

I often hear from employees who are bound by non-compete agreements that "Texas is a right to work state," and that, therefore, their agreements are unenforceable.

Not true.  The "right to work" concept has NOTHING to do with non-compete agreements.

Rather, the "right to work" concept has to do with the right of employees to decide for themselves whether they will financially support a union (assuming there is one).  It has nothing to do with whether non-compete agreements are enforceable.  Nothing whatsoever.

So, if you are bound by a non-compete agreement and someone says, "That’s unenforceable–Texas is a right to work state," ignore them.


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Robert Wood has been a Texas trial lawyer since 1993. During that time, he has represented small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies in business and employment litigation matters all over Texas and the United States. He has also advised and represented hundreds of individuals in employment litigation matters. Read more about Robert Wood