A boardroom scuffle at Back Yard Burgers' headquarters in Nashville has led to a second lawsuit from one of the chain’s top executives.
Back Yard’s former vice president of human resources and corporate compliance Carl Diaz first sued CEO James Boyd Jr. after Boyd allegedly assaulted Diaz in a boardroom meeting. Diaz had been addressing the board about complaints related to Boyd's management when the scuffle took place. Diaz sued BYB and Boyd in June for firing him in retaliation.
Early this week, Back Yard’s former COO, Andy Abbajay, also filed suit — in Davidson County Circuit Court —against the burger chain and Boyd. Abbajay alleges that he was let go after expressing concern to the board over Diaz's firing.
According to the lawsuit, Boyd accused Diaz and Abbajay of conspiring to take over the company. Abbajay described the work environment after Diaz's firing as “hostile.” He was called into Boyd's office and fired on account of “poor operations” in June.
The lawsuit alleges that Abbajay was not fired “for cause” pursuant to the details of his contract. He's seeking severance pay, future and past wages and other damages.
Legal representation for Back Yard hadn’t returned a call as of Wednesday afternoon.