Caterham takes legal action against ex-staff
29 July 2014 – The Caterham F1 team is to take legal action against a number of its former employees laid off earlier this month, it has been announced.
News that 40 ex-staff members were claiming unfair dismissal was confirmed on Monday.
In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the Leafield squad said it had "read with great concern recent reports about a group of individuals who are claiming unfair dismissal from the Formula 1 team following its takeover by new owners".
The team added it 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".
Caterham F1 also outlined what was apparently incorrect with some of the claims made.
"These claims include the statement that they have been released from Caterham F1 Team – this is incorrect," the team continued.
"Caterham F1 Team's staff are employed by a company that is a supplier to the company that holds its F1 licence, the licence that allows it to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship.
"Additionally, the team has read claims that its staff were not paid in July – again, this is wholly untrue.
"Every individual currently employed by Caterham F1 Team was paid their July salary in full on 25th July, one week before it is formally due on the last day of the month, in this case 31st July.
"A formal request for the withdrawal of the relevant press statement issued on 28th July has been made by Caterham F1 Team and the team will vigorously pursue its action against all those concerned.
"However, it will not allow its core focus to be distracted from achieving tenth place in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, and building for the 2015 campaign and beyond."