Francis Cummins is suing Bradford Bulls for wrongful dismissal following his sacking on 16 June.
The former coach had signed a three-year contract following his appointment in September 2012.
“Francis was expecting the club to honour their obligation to pay through to the end of his contract,” Cummins lawyer, Richard Cramer of Leeds-based Front Row Legal, told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
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“Bradford have not been able to accommodate a settlement, despite attempts to do so.
“For this reason, and with a heavy heart, Francis has now issued proceedings in the Leeds High Court claiming damages for wrongful dismissal.”
Cummins joined the Bulls as Mick Potter’s assistant in October 2010.
He worked for three months without pay after being made redundant when the club entered administration in June 2012. He was then appointed as head coach when Potter returned home to Australia at the end of that season.
The case is expected to be heard early next year.