Caterham faces legal action from axed employees
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|28 July 2014 by TF1T Staff||Tweet
The Caterham Formula 1 team faces legal action from a group of former employees following the recent buyout by Swiss and Middle Eastern investors.
In a bid to reduce costs and to become more efficient, the new owners led by Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers, axed 40 members of staff.
These included senior figures such as team manager Graham Watson, head of track operations Gerry Hughes and deputy technical director Jody Eggington.
A statement released by the group suing the team have not only taken legal action, but have asked the FIA to look into the matter.
"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 four 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."