Fired Apple Employee Files Suit, Claims Jobs Promised Lifetime Employment

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Wayne Goodrich, a former employee at Apple, is suing the Cupertino company for breach of contract and unfair business practices after he was supposedly promised job security by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year. As Goodrich tells it, he wasn't fired for anything that had to do with job performance, but rather "business reasons."

According to the court complaint, Jobs told Goodrich in May 2005 that he would always have employment at Apple, a conversation that occurred after Jobs returned from medical leave.


Wayne Goodrich contends job performance had nothing to do with why he was fired from Apple.

"This express promise by Steve Jobs was consistent with a practice that Steve Jobs had, acting on behalf of defendant Apple, of promising job security to certain key employees who worked directly with him for many years," Goodrich stated in his complaint.

According to Goodrich, he was instrumental in helping Jobs pull off successful product launches, prepare for keynote speeches, and was the first to bring Siri to Apple's attention. He is seeking damages for loss of restricted stock (company stock that isn't transferable until certain conditions are met), wages, benefits, and emotional distress.
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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 11:31 AM

I don't know if a verbal promise is legally binding but the loss of Secured I would assume class B or at the least Secured Stock would be a major issue and seemingly legally binding, This is most especially sure if he had been there receiving said stock since Jobs returned in 1997 which would be a rather hefty sum at today's price (it was around 4-5 a share back then and is now almost 400)!

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Erakith replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 12:45 PM

Oral/Verbal contracts are legally binding in the state of California.

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Under California law, oral contracts are legally binding, with a few exceptions. California oral contracts, like written ones, can be either express or implied. Express contracts are clearly and specifically stated in words; implied contracts exist by reason of the parties' conduct or actions. Both types can be legally enforced in court, although you must be able to prove the terms. For this reason, witnesses are recommended, although not required, for oral contracts.

He just has to prove it.

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Inspector replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 2:18 PM

He can say what he wants but nothing will most likely happen unless he recorded it. I can say jobs said he would leave all his money too me... not happening :D lol

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LKnudson replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 3:02 PM

Haha he's going to have a really hard time proving that. Its crazy that oral contracts can be enforced in court!

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Thats hard to prove. Specially when the guys dead

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RTietjens replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 5:57 PM

Not if you get a good necromancer.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:19 PM

I could bring in Walkinon Boneznsoulz if needed RTietjens if needed just let me know.

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AKnudson replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:19 PM

Its not crazy, its a sign of respect and trust. A man who lives by his word is trustworthy person.

Though not as wide spread a practice as it used to be, giving your word was a very common practice up until the late 19th and early 20th century.

It has always been a little hard to prove, but if proven it is held as binding as a written contract.

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realneil replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:50 PM

I wish him luck if this is true.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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Wonder why Mr. Jobs didn't give him anything in writing? :-)

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