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Judgment No. 1619


1. The Organization shall pay the complainant 10,000 United States dollars in moral damages.
2. It shall pay him 5,000 Swiss francs in costs.
3. His other claims are dismissed.

Consideration 6


"When a staff member makes charges as serious as sexual harassment an organisation must do its utmost to afford protection. But it must at the same time carry out a full and proper inquiry that respects the rights of the accused. Here the WHO obviously failed to do so. Instead it originally preferred to let the Tribunal rule without adducing evidence that might have proved material. It thereby erred, and the complainant is entitled to redress on that account."


complaint allowed; complaint allowed in part; moral injury; inquiry; adversarial proceedings; right to reply; organisation's duties; respect for dignity; moral damages; sexual harassment

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