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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, Taylor L. Haran and Tareen Zafrullah, 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.
  • The District of Columbia prohibits employers from requesting or requiring an employee working in the District of Columbia to agree to a noncompete agreement or policy. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • The District of Columbia has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.