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Apple sued by ousted executive Wayne Goodrich

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Steve Jobs introduces the new Apple iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference & Expo in a San Francisco, Jan. 9, 2007

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Apple has been sued by ousted executive producer Wayne Goodrich, who claims he was offered assurances of job security.

The former employee insists that the company's late CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs promised him a job for life, Bloomberg reports.

Apple dismissed Goodrich in December last year for what were described as "business reasons". He has since hit back with a lawsuit filed at The Superior Court of California, alleging breach of contract and unfair business practices.

The former Apple executive, who described himself as a "confidant, sounding board, and close adviser" to Jobs, is seeking damages for wages, benefits, the loss of restricted stock, and emotional distress.

A further allegation states that Apple forced Goodrich out to avoid paying out his restricted stock, worth around $635 per share. Executives are entitled to this when certain conditions, such as a set amount of time served, have been met.

Apple is yet to comment on Goodrich's accusations.

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