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Apple sued by former worker over job for life claim

No room for Jobs’ sounding board
Wed Aug 22 2012, 15:26
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HARDWARE FLOGGER Apple is being sued by an ex-employee named Wayne Goodrich.

Goodrich claims to have been a confidant and ally of Steve Jobs and is complaining that he was fired with no legitimate reason, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to Goodrich, he was let go for "business reasons" that did not have anything to do with his performance. Presumably it had nothing to do with Apple's financials either, since they are in very rude health.

Goodrich was employed by Apple for 14 years, and he says he was promised a job for life in 2005.

"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," he says in his complaint. He's looking for monetary compensation.

Goodrich worked in public relations for Apple and worked closely with Steve Jobs on preparing the events that so enthralled the world and introduced things like the Iphone and Ipad. He also reckons that he was the one that introduced the Siri personal assistant technology to the firm.

Apple has declined to comment. µ

 

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