Is there any such thing as a guaranteed job for life?
Yes, according to Wayne Goodrich, a one-time close aide to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs and now the complainant in a California lawsuit filed against the maker of the iPhone and iPad.
Goodrich, who says he was the “executive producer” behind the headline-grabbing roll-outs of Apple’s premier products, said the Apple leader promised him he’d always have a job, according a lawsuit obtained by Bloomberg News.
Goodrich said Jobs made the promise in May 2005 after he’d returned from medical leave for pancreatic cancer treatment. Jobs, 56, died of complications from the cancer last October.
Goodrich, who joined Apple in 1998, said he was let go in December 2011 for “business reasons,” according to Bloomberg. His lawyer, Phil Horowitz, however, said Apple is trying to avoid paying Goodrich restricted stock, the value of which as jumped from $97.40 a share when it was awarded in 2008 to $635 on Aug. 17, the suit’s filing date.
In addition to coordinating key product unveilings featuring keynote presentations by Jobs in his trademark black mock turtlenecks and blue jeans, Goodrich said he also was the first Apple employee to meet with Siri Inc. representatives, helping to pave the way for Apple’s acquisition of Siri.
Goodrich is seeking unspecified damages for the lost restricted stock, wages, benefits and emotional distress.
Does he have a case?