Judgment No. 2901
The complaint is dismissed.
"As the Tribunal had occasion to explain in Judgment 456, under 2, the purpose of [the] provisions [of Article VII, paragraph 3, of its Statute] is twofold. Their first aim is to enable an official to defend his or her interests by going to the Tribunal when the Administration has failed to take a decision. Their second aim is to prevent a dispute from dragging on indefinitely, which would undermine the necessary stability of the parties' legal relations. It follows from these twin purposes that, if the Administration fails to take a decision on a claim within sixty days, the person submitting it not only can, but must refer the matter to the Tribunal within the following ninety days, i.e. within 150 days of his or her claim being received by the organisation, otherwise his or her complaint will be irreceivable."
ILOAT reference: Article VII, paragraph 3, of the Statute
ILOAT Judgment(s): 456
absence of final decision; implied decision; receivability of the complaint; direct appeal to tribunal; iloat statute; staff member's duties
"The Tribunal's case law [...] allow[s] a complaint against an implied rejection to be deemed receivable, notwithstanding the expiry of the time limit for filing a complaint, if a particular step taken by an organisation, such as sending a dilatory reply to the complainant, might give that person good reason to infer that his or her claim is still under consideration (see Judgment 941, under 6)."
ILOAT Judgment(s): 941
absence of final decision; implied decision; receivability of the complaint; internal appeal; time limit; time bar; good faith; late appeal; late filing