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Apple's Former Keynote Address Producer Files Suit Claiming Steve Jobs Promised Lifetime Position

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that a former Apple employee who was fired last December has filed suit against the company, claiming that Steve Jobs had promised him lifetime job security. The employee, Wayne Goodrich, served as the executive producer for Apple's public presentations and says that he was a confidant of Jobs. Goodrich says that he oversaw the production of a number of important keynote events such as the introduction of the iPhone and iPad, and was the first person to introduce Apple to Siri, which Apple later acquired.
Goodrich, who worked for Jobs since 1998, was promised by late chairman of the world’s most valuable company in a one-on- one meeting in May 2005 that he would always have a job at Apple, according to the complaint. The conversation took place after Jobs’s return from medical leave to receive treatment for pancreatic cancer, Goodrich said.

“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 said in the complaint.
Goodrich claims that Jobs had reiterated the promise in 2010 but that he was ultimately fired last December so that Apple could avoid paying him restricted stock that had been awarded in 2008, not because of any issues with his job performance.

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25 months ago
Better call Saul.
Rating: 47 Votes
25 months ago
If he doesn't have that in writing with Steve's signature, I doubt he will have any standing. A one-on-one conversation with no witnesses and half of the conversation a dead person, isn't going to hold up in court very well.
Rating: 34 Votes
25 months ago
He didn't understand that when Steve said "Lifetime Position" he meant as long as STEVE was alive.
Rating: 34 Votes
25 months ago

Well I'm shocked that Apple would ever hire a complete idiot for a Keynote Address Producer.

Talk about your frivolous lawsuits..... it's almost like he's trying to get a job with Google or Samsung.


You think it's frivolous to sue for having your livelihood taken away when you were promised it wouldn't be? Especially Apple firing him for such a stupid and greedy reason as not having to pay his stock out. I'm sorry, but put the fanboyism aside and have some humanity.
Rating: 18 Votes
25 months ago
Goodrich fired?

Steve would never have allowed this.
Rating: 16 Votes
25 months ago
Verbal contracts are legally binding. It's not the guys fault Jobs died. And a company like that would have it down somewhere. This guy wouldn't make such a case against Apple if he didn't have something substantial to base it on.

Nice to see the fanboys taking the side of the company and blast the guy who.. You know.. Made the keynotes announcing all of the greatest products ever. At least give the benefit of the doubt. Jobs would never have an idiot in the upper echelons.

If I'm wrong, fine.
Rating: 11 Votes
25 months ago
I suspect he does have it in writing, video or voice recording, etc. Otherwise his lawyer would not have been likely to take the suite. Lawyers are well aware of the need to document things like this. All it takes is an email or a scrawled note in Steve Job's handwriting.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago
Sucks that they screwed him like that, but unless he has something in writing on something on tape I can't imagine this is going anywhere.

Just another reason why I am firm in my desire to stay in the wonderful world of small business.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago

He didn't understand that when Steve said "Lifetime Position" he meant as long as STEVE was alive.


that's what i was thinking.
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago

This is just a stunt to get some more money out of Apple. I hope he gets Lionel Hutz to represent him, because this is the most blatant case of wrongful termination, I can almost picture it... "Will I always have a job here Steve?" Steve- "Yes, over my dead body would anyone fire you!"


How would you know that? Maybe the guy was fired unjustly?
Rating: 5 Votes

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