Apple is a massive company and employees come and go all the time. One ex-employee however, by the name of Wayne Goodrich, completed the “come” part, but after being fired, never completed the “go” part. Goodrich is now back in the picture, suing Apple after being fired without a justifiable reason because he claims Steve Jobs guaranteed him a position at Apple in a personal meeting that took place in 2005.
Goodrich explains how he interpreted Steve Jobs' words:
Originally Posted by Wayne Goodrich
Bloomberg Businessweek even reports that Goodrich was the man who brought Apple and Siri together and therefore helped the two companies work together in bringing the voice assistant to the iPhone.
Goodrich's reasoning for suing the company is certainly understandable. Anyone who has been told they will always have a job with a company would have a really bad day if they ended up being fired in the end. However, with Steve Jobs having passed and Apple under new control, the guarantee suddenly becomes a gray area as Steve Jobs is no longer around to comment on the matter.
Without Steve Jobs’ words being legally bound in a written contract and being more of a person-to-person meeting than anything, Goodrich will be fighting an up-hill battle in trying to win anything in this case – anyone can claim that their boss promised them a job forever.
It should be interesting to see where this case ends up.
Sources: Bloomberg Businessweek