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):
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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.