38 former Caterham staff have started legal proceedings against the F1 team's new owners, claiming unlawful dismissal.

Having signalled their intention to take legal action earlier in the summer, the staff have issued employment Tribunal Proceedings, with a statement issued on their behalf also rejecting a claim from Caterham that the staff had received payment from the team for a period of July.

"38 former staff have today issued employment Tribunal Proceedings against Caterham in light of its failure to settle claims following their unlawful axing by new owners back in July," the statement read. "Due to the amount of money involved in the claims made, further High Court Proceedings are also imminent against the Leafield F1 company.

"Furthermore, contrary to reports made by Caterham, the ex-employees have still not been paid their July salaries despite promises that they would be paid for 1-15 July. Nor have the employees or their solicitors received any substantive response to their letter to Caterham on 25 July 2014 urging a response to the above matter and inviting settlement.

"The hope is that Caterham will enter into a constructive discussion with the employees and their legal representatives so this matter can be resolved swiftly and amicably."

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107SS2009: Caterham might be on the brink of extinction if the fifty employees legal terms they are chasing (£30k per person) are upheld their time in F1 will be over.
Rumours emanating from the Leafield factory are that the factory is being stripped of equipment at night time which is then taken to a holding company in Germany close to the old Toyota premises, against this background staff have been said to be “borrowing” equipment themselves to use as collateral.

Your source? You want to be careful making such statements unless you are REALLY sure they are accurate.