Judgment No. 3517
The complaints are dismissed, as is the EPO’s counterclaim for costs.
The complainants, who were on maternity leave in 2011, impugn the decision to pay a collective reward to staff in active service during 2011 but to make a deduction for them pro rata temporis.
joinder; deduction; fringe benefits; maternity leave; complaint dismissed
[T]he Tribunal notes that the complainants have referred, in their brief, to a decision of the European Court of Justice No. C-333/97, which may provide argument that the approach of the EPO to adjust the reward to the disadvantage of the complainants by reference to periods of maternity leave is questionable.
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