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Former Caterham staff begin legal action against team

Aug 31, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

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A group of former employees at Caterham F1 Team have begun legal action following their dismissal upon the sale of the team by Tony Fernandes.

38 workers released a statement in July claiming that they had been unfairly sacked by the team without any redundancy settlement and with money still owed. However, the team responded by saying that this was untrue, and it in turn was looking to sue this group for unfair representation.

Now, the ex-employees have confirmed that they will be launching legal action in England to try and resolve the matter.

“38 former staff have issued employment Tribunal Proceedings against Caterham in light of its failure to settle claims following their unlawful axing by new owners back in July,” a statement reads.

“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.”

The team is yet to issue a response to this latest statement.

Life at Caterham does seem very uncertain at the moment following the sale of the team to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors. It is expected to once again bench Kamui Kobayashi for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, with either Carlos Sainz Jr. or Roberto Merhi set to make their F1 debut.

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