Four long serving staff made redundant by fast food chain Burger King have mounted a David and Goliath High Court fight for massive compensation from their ex-employer.
The former workers say they were each made redundant by e-mails which gave them details of their redundancy packages.
However, in a writ issued at London's High Court and just made publicly available, they accuse Burger King of breach of contract.
In the writ, issued through law firm Collyer-Bristow, Ellen Willis, Peter Ross, Gill Addy and Christopher King say that the company failed to give them six months' notice, and failed to pay the appropriate amount of redundancy pay.
They claim varying sums of up to almost £85,000.
Three of the four had worked for Burger King's predecessors Wimpy for up to 20 years, and say that Burger King purported to replace Wimpy redundancy policies with its own, less generous, policies.
Burger King said it could not comment on an ongoing legal process.
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