The Lad’s founder and CEO, David Lewis, was fired last week after nearly five years in the company.
The company posted a $3 million loss in the first quarter, and it was shuttered in March after a dispute with a former co-founder over a $100,000 buyout.
Lewis resigned last year after allegations of sexual harassment by a former employee, according to the Times.
Lewis had been in the software industry for eight years and started Lad in 2008 as a “startup in the making,” according to his LinkedIn profile.
But in 2015, he told the Times that he wanted to make his life better, and he wanted Lad to be “the best it can be.”
Now, Lad is in trouble.
The Times reports that Lewis is suing his former co in the New York District Court for $1.3 million in damages.
Lewis told the paper that the suit is a retaliation attempt against him because he’s “an idiot” for quitting the company, and that his former employer, who has hired a new head of operations, has retaliated against him by firing him.
The suit says the company’s current head of human resources was “unreasonably indifferent” to the company after Lewis left.
Lewis’ lawsuit accuses the company of making “misrepresentations” to employees about his departure and of pressuring them to “disavow” him.
“The company’s conduct and actions have resulted in significant and permanent injury to the plaintiffs,” the lawsuit says.
Lewis is seeking unspecified damages, the Times reports.