Ex AA boss sacked after brawl to pursue legal battle

The former chairman of the Automobile Association (AA) – who was dismissed from his role following an altercation with a colleague – has lodged an Employment Tribunal claim.

Bob Mackenzie was sacked for gross misconduct in July last year and his former employer has sought to recoup around £1.2million in bonus payments.

The incident which precipitated his departure took place in a country hotel’s bar, with the scuffle caught on CCTV.

It was one of the most dramatic departures of a senior member of staff last year and the value of the organisation’s shares plunged in the aftermath.

An AA spokesman said: “We are astonished that Mr Mackenzie is taking this to a Tribunal.

“We stand by our decision to dismiss him following his sustained and violent assault on another employee of the AA, and will robustly defend any action.”

A spokesman for Mr Mackenzie, who had taken the job at the breakdown recovery service in 2014, has declined to comment.

For further advice on Tribunal claims please contact Kate Boguslawska (KateBoguslawska@cartercamerons.com) or Andrew Firman (AndrewFirman@cartercamerons.com).