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We’ve written about former Apple employee Wayne Goodrich before. Back in 2012 he launched a lawsuit against Apple claiming that co-founder Steve Jobs told him in 2005 he’d be guaranteed a job for life at the company. That was after being fired by Apple a year after Jobs’ death despite his guarantee of job security. Now, Goodrich, who was an executive producer of public presentations and with Apple for almost 20 years, has been given the go ahead for the lawsuit by a judge in Santa Clara (via BizJournals):

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Carol Overton indicated she would deny Apple’s request for summary judgment in the case, which was filed in 2012 and alleges breach of contract and unfair business practices related to Goodrich‘s firing, among other things.

“The evidence simply did not show (Apple marketing chief) Phil Schiller knew the amount of the restricted stock units when he made the decision to terminate,” Joseph C. Liburt, the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP attorney representing Apple, said in court.

The lawsuit is seeking restricted stock units and damages for lost wages worth approximately $1 million and claims Goodrich was fired for “business reasons” despite Jobs’ promise of a job for life.

We reached out to Goodrich for comment but have yet to hear back.

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13 Responses to “Judge allows lawsuit by former Apple employee claiming Steve Jobs promised job security”

  1. togetherinparis says:

    Yeah, well, Bill Clinton told me I’d get a job with the administration over national radio and nothing happened. This poor guy should just decide to move on and forget about Apple. Once it goes to the lawyers, that’s it.

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  2. Maybe Wayne did get a ‘job for life’ promise. He just misunderstood whose life the promise extended to.

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  3. Kevin Toyer says:

    Two words, “At will” employment in CA. Either party can terminate employment for any reasons at any time

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    • jkdman123 says:

      Two words, ‘Verbal Contract’. Jobs had the authority to make the contract. If he actually said this to Goodrich, then Goodrich has a case. Period.

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      • Kevin Toyer says:

        Oral contracts contracts are legally binding under California law, however, are very difficult to legally establish their terms of the verbal contract or even if the conversation ever took place

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  4. rahhbriley says:

    “A lifetime guarantee to work for Apple? Sure thing, can we get that in writing?” He may have been told that, but anything taking longer than a year to complete, you should really have in writing. And not that it’s the same, but Steve is known for saying one thing and doing another.

    Shitty? Maybe. Illegal? I wouldn’t think so.

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  5. shareef777 says:

    Did they promise him how much he’d make? They could hire him at an hourly rate and only giving him one hour to work per year.

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  6. drtyrell969 says:

    Yeah, because lifetime jobs exist everywhere.

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  7. Did Steve happen to mention who’s life?

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  8. Ed Lucas says:

    another black eye for tim cook

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  9. rettun1 says:

    The article didn’t specify whether or not it was a pinky promise

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