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

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

Botley Road to partially close overnight for three days for emergency repair works

Oxford Mail:

5:18pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

EMERGENCY roadworks in Botley Road will be starting tonight.

Man still fighting for life after Sandford Road bridge fall

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

4:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A man was yesterday still fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a bridge and colliding with a vehicle.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with car near Dorchester

Oxford Mail: Ambulance stock image

11:44am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a BMW.

Dismal start troubles Appleton

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.

Derek Measor's wife says his death tore her world apart as killer driver avoids jail

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WIDOW whose husband was killed while cycling yesterday told a court it was the worst day of her life.

Girls get some coaching from a top GB runner

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

PUPILS at d’Overbroecks College pulled on their running shoes yesterday as 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m relay silver medallist Lesley Owusu gave them advice on how to succeed in both sport and life.

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