The Caterham F1 Team is to take legal action against a group of former staff in light of claims it deems as ‘misrepresentative’.
The group of former staff, believed to number over 40, were axed ahead of the German Grand Prix as part of a restructuring effort by Caterham’s new Swiss and Middle Eastern owners, who are striving to cut costs at the team.
Representatives of the axed staff revealed on Monday the group’s intention to open legal proceedings against the Caterham F1 Team for what it collectively deems as unfair dismissal, with wages also reportedly still unpaid.
However, in light of Monday’s statement, Caterham has hit back at the group of former staff for what it believes are false and damaging claims.
“Caterham F1 Team has 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,” read a statement released by Caterham on Tuesday afternoon.
“The team 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.”
The team dismissed claims made by the group of former staff that they had not been paid, as well as insisting that the staff themselves never exclusively worked for Caterham, rather for an organisation that supplies the holding company, 1Malaysia Racing that owns the team.
“Claims include the statement that they have been released from Caterham F1 Team – this is incorrect. 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.”
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