(d) Nothing in this Agreement will preclude, prohibit or restrict Executive from (i) communicating with, any federal, state or local administrative or regulatory agency or authority, including, but not limited to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC); (ii) participating or cooperating in any investigation conducted by any governmental agency or authority; or (iii) filing a charge of discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other federal state or local administrative agency or regulatory authority. Nothing in this Agreement, or any other agreement between the parties, prohibits or is intended in any manner to prohibit, Executive from (A) reporting a possible violation of federal or other applicable law or regulation to any governmental agency or entity, including, but not limited to, the Department of Justice, the SEC, the U.S. Congress, and any governmental agency Inspector General, or (B) making other disclosures that are protected under whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation. This Agreement does not limit Executives right to receive an award (including, without limitation, a monetary reward) for information provided to the SEC. Executive does not need the prior authorization of anyone at the Company to make any such reports or disclosures, and Executive is not required to notify the Company that Executive has made such reports or disclosures. Nothing in this Agreement or any other agreement or policy of the Company is intended to interfere with or restrain the immunity provided under 18 U.S.C. §1833(b). Executive cannot be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that is made (i) (A) in confidence to federal, state or local government officials, directly or indirectly, or to an attorney, and (B) for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; (ii) in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if filed under seal; or (iii) in connection with a lawsuit alleging retaliation for reporting a suspected violation of law, if filed under seal and does not disclose the trade secret, except pursuant to a court order. The foregoing provisions regarding protected disclosures are intended to comply with all applicable laws. If any laws are adopted, amended or repealed after the execution of this Agreement, this Section 6(d) shall be deemed to be amended to reflect the same.
7. Non-Competition, Non-solicitation, Non-Disparagement.
(a) As part of the consideration for the compensation and benefits to be paid to Executive hereunder, to protect Confidential Information of the Company and its customers and clients that have been and will be entrusted to Executive, the business goodwill of the Company and its subsidiaries that will be developed in and through Executive and the business opportunities that will be disclosed or entrusted to Executive by the Company and its subsidiaries, and as an additional incentive for the Company to enter into this Agreement, from the date hereof through the first anniversary of the Date of Termination (the Restricted Period), Executive will not (other than for the benefit of the Company pursuant to the proper exercise of his duties in accordance with this Agreement), directly or indirectly:
(i) engage in, or carry on or assist, individually or as a principal, owner, officer, director, employee, shareholder, consultant, contractor, partner, member, joint venturer, agent, equity owner or in any other capacity whatsoever, any (A) business competitive with any business in which the Company is engaged from time to time (a Competing Business) or (B) Business Enterprise (as defined below) that is otherwise competitive with the Company within the states in which the Company conducts business;
(ii) perform for any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, sole proprietorship, joint venture or other business association or entity (a Business Enterprise) engaged in any Competing Business any duty Executive has performed for the Company that involved Executives access to, or knowledge or application of, Confidential Information;
(iii) induce or attempt to induce any customer, supplier, licensee or other business relation of the Company to cease doing business with the Company or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such customer, supplier, licensee or business relation and the Company; or
(iv) solicit with the purpose of hiring or retaining, or hire or retain, any person who is or, within one hundred eighty (180) days after such person ceased to be an employee, consultant or independent contractor of the Company, was an employee, consultant or independent contractor of the Company.