Competition bans, also known as Covenants to Not Compete or restrictive covenants, are common in employment contracts, work applications, and contracts for the sale of businesses. The general objective of these agreements is to limit, for a specified period, the capacity of workers who sign the agreement against the employer in a given geographical area. If you sign it, you generally agree that you will not be competing with your employer by taking part in a similar activity, as a worker, independent contractor, owner, partner, significant investor and all other forms of competition identified by your employer to cover its foundations. Second, Minnesota courts will consider whether the non-compete clause protects a legitimate business interest. .