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

First published in News

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.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Benefit cheats fleeced taxpayers out of £1.3m

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 6th March 2015

FRAUDSTERS in Oxford raked in almost £1.28m in the past financial year from the public purse.

Leading choirs will be in tune for performance

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 6th March 2015

THREE world-leading choirs will join forces tomorrow for the first time for 30 years.

Skye Hall's death sparks demand for research to stop cancer sufferers dying from neurotoxicity from treament

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 6th March 2015

LEADING specialists have joined the parents of Skye Hall to demand research to prevent more deaths after the treatment that killed him was suspended.

County to be hotter than Med as temperatures rise

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 6th March 2015

OXFORDSHIRE looks set to be hotter than the Mediterranean on Saturday as temperatures are set to rise over the weekend.

Nine held in immigration raids in Didcot

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 6th March 2015

NINE men have been arrested during raids at two restaurants in Didcot, the Home Office has revealed.

Parkinson's centre given £6m to help it find cure by 2020

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 6th March 2015

SCIENTISTS hope a potential cure for Parkinson’s Disease could be developed in Oxford by 2020 after a research centre won £6m of extra funding.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

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

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree