F1 team sues ex-employees

The team will continue to focus on the 2014 Formula One world championship

The team will continue to focus on the 2014 Formula One world championship

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LEAFIELD-based Formula 1 team Caterham is counter-suing a group of former employees who banded together to take the firm to court after being laid off.

The company said the compensation claim put forward by ex-staff citing alleged wrongful dismissal and unpaid wages was a “gross misrepresentation of the facts’’.

Caterham was taken over at the start of the month by a consortium of Swiss and Middle-Eastern businessmen and about 40 employees have claimed they were made redundant “without warning or consultation”.

A statement from the team said: “Caterham F1 Team has read with great concern recent reports about a group of individuals who are claiming unfair dismissal from the Formula One team following its takeover.

“The team is now taking legal action against those parties representing the individuals concerned, and each person involved, seeking compensation for the damages suffered by the team due to the gross misrepresentation of the facts made by all those concerned.’’

The team would continue to focus on the 2014 Formula One world championship, it added.

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11:35am Thu 31 Jul 14

gel says...

This is nasty precedent in that you feel you have legal case to bring against employer, having been made redundant who immediately counter sues to try & quash the serfs.
Not as is they'll have oodles of cash unlike Middle Eastern individual concerned.
This is nasty precedent in that you feel you have legal case to bring against employer, having been made redundant who immediately counter sues to try & quash the serfs. Not as is they'll have oodles of cash unlike Middle Eastern individual concerned. gel
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

AngelB says...

Made redundant without notice, without pay in lieu and subsequently not even paid for the previous 2-3 weeks work completed for employer!

Disgraceful behaviour by those running Caterham - and no I don't and never have worked for them, thankfully!
Made redundant without notice, without pay in lieu and subsequently not even paid for the previous 2-3 weeks work completed for employer! Disgraceful behaviour by those running Caterham - and no I don't and never have worked for them, thankfully! AngelB
  • Score: 8

12:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Oh dear they will have to get used to a bit of a culture shift, and start looking after employees.
Oh dear they will have to get used to a bit of a culture shift, and start looking after employees. King Joke
  • Score: 7

2:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

"Legal action" - instructing a lawyer to write a letter on your behalf.

How scarey.

Nothing counts until a court date is set - at which point every single word that is said and all documentary evidence is in the public domain - ready for the world and competitors to see...
"Legal action" - instructing a lawyer to write a letter on your behalf. How scarey. Nothing counts until a court date is set - at which point every single word that is said and all documentary evidence is in the public domain - ready for the world and competitors to see... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

King Joke says...

There are plenty of people in this country who think we should follow the Swiss business model! A lot of you voted for them. Think about it.
There are plenty of people in this country who think we should follow the Swiss business model! A lot of you voted for them. Think about it. King Joke
  • Score: 0

5:46am Fri 1 Aug 14

patmiddlengland says...

Looks like sharp practice and intimidation to me.
Looks like sharp practice and intimidation to me. patmiddlengland
  • Score: 2

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