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"Axed" Caterham staff to sue

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28/07/2014

A group of "up to 40" former Caterham employees are to commence legal action against the F1 team.

A brief statement issued this morning reads:

"Axed Caterham employees are to commence legal action against the F1 team. Lawyers have been appointed to represent what is believed to be up to 40 staff.

A spokesman for the group confirmed that the summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team. Caterham has also reneged on promises that the employees would at least be paid in July. Lawyers for the group will take immediate action.

It is understood that the employees, many of whom have supported the F1 team during its 4 years in the Championship, will be requesting the FIA - as a responsible regulator - to fully investigate the F1 team's conduct and the circumstances in relation to its recent change of ownership."

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1. Posted by FrankDr, 28/07/2014 22:36

"Honestly I struggle to feel for the dismissed ones, especially for the senior figures with longer service time. They proved to be not good enough to make the team succeed, despite a lot of patience and money (too much, I would say) from the previous Owner. Owner that, by the way, had been always paying to those figures salaries well above the average in F1. This was clearly no longer sustainable in such a small and underperforming team.
Now, they may have all the rights to sue the former employer, but all the noise that these are now making on the press doesn't surely improve their image. I can only imagine their feelings, especially considering that it won't be easy to get similar positions at the same salary somewhere else; but this damages the image of the current team ownership and *very directly* all the remaining former colleagues still working in Leafield. If this is what they want... well, that is a shame. I really wish good luck to the "survivors" and I hope they could have better results in the next future."

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2. Posted by Speedbump, 28/07/2014 20:12

"Seems like Tony Fernandez couldn't get away fast enough. You would think he would at least have negotiated fair compensation for any loyal staff that was to be let go, in the deal. All these teams and their talk about being a family, not just a business.... pfft !!! A dysfunctional family maybe. Bottom line to these billionaires... money."

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