Over 40 dismissed Caterham staff to sue team

Lotus F1 factory at Enstone (File Photo)

Lotus F1 factory at Enstone (File Photo)

Caterham Factory

Caterham Factory

More than 40 former Caterham employees laid off earlier this month when the team changed ownership from Tony Fernandes’ organisation to a “Middle East  / Swiss consortium” are set to sue the team and seek compensation which could amount to several million pounds.

BBC reports that employees were dismissed as part of cost cuts by new owners and “were sacked without consultation, in breach of employment law and are claiming breach of contract and unfair dismissal.”

Christopher Felton, the lawyer representing the former employees, believes that up to 50 people were affected by these actions.

“The summary dismissal of employees from Caterham was done without warning or consultation and will result in significant compensation claims against the team,” he told BBC.

Caterham’s new owners have appointed Christian Albers as team principal, while Colin Kolles has a an advisory role of sorts with the project. (GP247)