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Axed Caterham staff hit back at team

The legal battle between Caterham and a number of former employees continues to be played out in public as the lawyers representing the axed staff hit back at a team countersuit
The legal battle between Caterham and a number of former employees continues to be played out in public as the lawyers representing the axed staff hit back at a team statement.

It was announced on Monday that up to 40 former employees were commencing legal action and would be seeking compensation from the team following the takeover of Caterham by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors advised by Colin Kolles.

With Caterham responding with a countersuit on Tuesday seeking damages, the lawyers for the axed staff have now issued the following statement in response:

"Reference the press statement released by Caterham F1 Team on 29 July 2014. As confirmed in the contracts of employment for those working in the Caterham F1 Team, Caterham F1 is 'the trading name of the Employer and the name of its motor racing team entered into the F1 World Championship'. All those dismissed were employed in the Caterham F1 Team by their operational company Caterham Sports Limited (company number 07042086 previously 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Limited). The dismissal letters were on Caterham F1 Team headed notepaper and the reason for dismissal was given as 'following the change in ownership and, as a result of the current financial position that the new owners have inherited, your position at Caterham Sports Ltd will terminate with immediate effect…You are being dismissed in law for Some Other Substantial Reason.' The Caterham F1 Team website confirms the change of ownership as at 2 July 2014. The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation, which is a breach of employment laws and contract and will result in significant compensation claims.

"Regarding matters of pay, those dismissed on 15 July 2014 were advised in writing that they would be paid for 1-15 July. Unless the position has changed, we are informed that those we represent had not yet been paid either on what would have been the usual payroll date of 25 July, or by 28 July. It is understood those we represent who were dismissed on 24 July 2014 may also not yet have been paid for July. If those dismissed have now been paid that would obviously be very welcome.

"Lawyers for those who have been dismissed wrote to Caterham on 25 July 2014 urging a response to the above matters and inviting settlement either through ACAS or in face to face discussions. A response from Caterham to this letter is awaited."


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rbr46

July 30, 2014 12:42 PM

I hope our laws here in the UK heavily punish these "owners" who think they can make people redundant willy nilly. A number of these employees livelihoods probably depended on their job and they deserve better treatment.

sprulz

July 30, 2014 6:45 PM

End of the road for Caterham I guess. If and when the FIA steps in to this legal mess, there'll be no more cash left after paying the ex-staff their dues. I feel terrible for Kamui. He should've never cut his Ferrari connections to return to F1 as a backmarker and it doesn't look like he'll get another shot at F1. With Honda making their return I can only hope that they take him under their wing and put him behind the wheel of a McLaren but even that looks unlikely seeing as he's an ex-Toyota driver. If only he could somehow get into a competitive midfield team like Force India or Williams...



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