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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: District of Columbia

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Taylor L. Haran, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Employment contracts are classified by how they can be terminated, which is determined by the intent of the parties. See Employment Contracts.
  • Employers and employees may enter into reasonable restrictive covenants in the District of Columbia. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • The District of Columbia has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.