North Carolina employers are familiar with the oft-repeated maxim that NC disfavors non-competes. In fact, NC courts tend to dislike contracts restricting individuals from freely entering into trade or commerce. So, why use non-competition agreements in NC if the courts hate them so much? For obvious reasons, employers want to protect themselves and their investments. However, attempting to use your legal flamethrower to scorch the earth so that your ex-employees can never work again is obviously neither ideal nor possible.