Former AA chairman Bob Mackenzie – who was sacked on grounds of gross misconduct in July 2017 – will challenge the roadside assistance firm at an Employment Tribunal later this year, it has been confirmed.
The news comes just months after Mr Mackenzie was allegedly involved in a “violent assault on another employee,” which ultimately resulted in his dismissal.
The incident reportedly followed a heated argument between Mr Mackenzie and fellow senior colleague Michael Lloyd, the head of the AA’s insurance arm.
According to reports, a dispute over the possibility of the AA exploring a merger opportunity with Hastings insurance group quickly turned into a physical conflict, which took place in the bar of a country hotel.
Mr Mackenzie was reportedly hospitalised after the ‘altercation’ and began receiving treatment for mental health issues.
Following a post-dismissal investigation, the AA has asked Mr Mackenzie – who received annual bonuses worth £707,000 in 2016 and £514,000 in 2017 – to repay the company a sum of £1.2 million.
The request comes in line with an allegation that Mr Mackenzie was involved in another public altercation during the time he was working for the company.
It is thought that Mr Mackenzie is resisting the request and that he will challenge the AA on grounds of unfair dismissal. However, details of the Tribunal claim brought by Mr Mackenzie at this stage remain unclear.
Reacting to the news of the former Chairman’s intended challenge, a spokesperson on behalf of the AA said: “We are astonished that Mr Mackenzie is taking this to an Employment Tribunal.
“We stand by our decision to dismiss him for gross misconduct following his sustained and violent assault on another employee of the AA, and will robustly defend any action.”