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.