Bed Bath & Beyond is sued by ousted CEO over unpaid severance

Prospects store at a Mattress Tub & Past retailer on January 05, 2023 in Forest Park, Illinois.

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Mattress Tub & Past was sued on Friday by Mark Tritton, who was ousted final June as chief govt of the troubled residence items retailer, in a grievance accusing the corporate of failing to honor his $6,765,000 severance settlement.

Based on the grievance filed in a New York state courtroom in Manhattan, Tritton mentioned Mattress Tub & Past stopped making required bi-monthly funds in January, with its chief authorized officer citing the necessity to protect money as the only motive.

In these discussions, Mattress Tub & Past “conceded Tritton was (and is) entitled” to severance funds, below his settlement dated 4 days after he was changed as chief govt, the grievance mentioned.

Tritton additionally accused the corporate of “unhealthy religion” for proposing a “buyout” of his severance at a reduction however provided that efficiency improves, even because it has resumed paying severance to some former workers.

Mattress Tub & Past didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark after enterprise hours. Tritton’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to comparable requests.

The Union, New Jersey-based firm is attempting to show round its enterprise after taking up an excessive amount of debt, being sluggish to embrace on-line gross sales and alienating shoppers by de-emphasizing brand-name merchandise.

Mattress Tub & Past is closing a whole lot of shops, and on Thursday introduced plans to promote as much as $300 million of inventory.

It additionally estimated that gross sales in shops open no less than one 12 months fell 40% to 50% within the quarter ending Feb. 25, and once more warned that chapter was attainable if its turnaround failed.

Shares of Mattress Tub & Past closed down 16.6 cents at a file closing low of 42.7 cents on Friday.

The corporate is certainly one of a number of “meme” shares, and its shares traded at $30 as not too long ago as final August.

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