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  • Judgment 4185


    128th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who alleges that he was the victim of harassment, seeks redress for the injury he considers he has suffered.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4180


    128th Session, 2019
    International Criminal Court
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the rejection of her appeal against the decision to abolish her post and terminate her appointment, the decision not to shortlist her for a specific position and the decisions not to select her for three other positions.

    Consideration 11

    Extract:

    The Tribunal would normally remit the matter to the ICC so that a proper investigation regarding the complainantís harassment complaint could be conducted. However, in this case, in view of the fact that the complainant is no longer employed with the ICC and given the passage of time since the alleged events leading to the harassment complaint occurred, remitting the matter to the ICC would serve no useful purpose. Nevertheless, since the complainant was denied the right to have her harassment complaint duly investigated, and also taking due note of the fact that she could have initiated the formal procedure directly with the Registrar in accordance with Section 7.1 of the Instruction, the complainant will be awarded moral damages [...].

    Keywords:

    case sent back to organisation; harassment;



  • Judgment 4171


    128th Session, 2019
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decisions to dismiss her internal complaints of moral harassment.

    Consideration 7

    Extract:

    It is firmly established in the case law that the person alleging harassment bears the burden of proving the allegation (see Judgments 2745, consideration 20, 3347, consideration 8, 3692, consideration 18, and 3871, consideration 12).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2745, 3347, 3692, 3871

    Keywords:

    burden of proof; harassment;

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    duty of care; harassment;

    Consideration 13

    Extract:

    Even though the charge of harassment cannot stand, an international organisation fails in its duty to treat staff members with dignity and avoid causing them undue and unnecessary injury if the organisation is aware of an unhealthy working atmosphere in the service where a staff member works but allows it to remain without taking adequate measures to remedy the situation (see, to this effect, Judgment 2067, considerations 16 and 17).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2067

    Keywords:

    duty of care; harassment; respect for dignity;



  • Judgment 4167


    128th Session, 2019
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the Director Generalís decision to reject her complaint of psychological harassment and seeks compensation for the injury she considers she has suffered.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4158


    128th Session, 2019
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant submits that WIPO has not fully compensated her for the injury that she suffered as a result of being subjected to harassment.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    Where an organization establishes the existence of harassment, it should put an end to it as quickly as possible, restore the victim to a normal work situation and, if necessary, redress the injury caused. Ordinarily, this redress takes the form of monetary compensation for the injury suffered. It is self-evident that, according to the circumstances of each case, particular measures, for example supervision or support, may also be required. But an organization is only required to take such measures if they are essential or, at least, necessary.

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4149


    128th Session, 2019
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the decision to abolish his post and to place him on special leave with pay until the expiry of his fixed-term appointment.

    Consideration 7

    Extract:

    WHO raises a threshold issue about the receivability of the complaint insofar as it might be thought to contain allegations of harassment, malice, prejudice and retaliation being pursued independently of the challenge to the impugned decision to abolish the complainantís post. However, it is relatively clear that the allegations of harassment and related matters are intended to establish an aspect of the unlawfulness of the decision to abolish the post and the complainantís claims are cast no wider. It is open to the complainant to follow this course (see, for example, Judgment 3688, consideration 1).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3688

    Keywords:

    abolition of post; harassment; receivability of the complaint;



  • Judgment 4111


    127th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, a former official of the ILO, alleges that he was subjected to harassment and that the investigation into his allegations of harassment was flawed.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; inquiry; institutional harassment;

    Consideration 1

    Extract:

    [...] According to the Tribunal, the question as to whether harassment has occurred must be determined in the light of a thorough examination of all the objective circumstances surrounding the events complained of (see, for example, Judgments 4038, consideration 5, and 3871, consideration 12). Since in this instance some of the facts on which the harassment allegations are founded differ from one complaint to another, the Tribunal will not join the cases.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3871, 4038

    Keywords:

    harassment; joinder;

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    Where an investigation into a harassment complaint is found to be flawed, the Tribunal in principle remits the matter to the organization concerned so that a new investigation can be conducted. However, in this case, in view of the considerable delay occasioned by HRD and the JAAB, the Tribunal considers it appropriate not to remit the matter to the ILO.
    Since the complainant was denied the right to have his harassment grievance duly investigated, the Tribunal considers it fair to redress the moral injury so caused by ordering the Organization to pay him 15,000 Swiss francs in compensation.

    Keywords:

    flaw; harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury;

    Consideration 9

    Extract:

    [...] Although it must be taken into account that the complainant took a month to provide his comments and that HRD asked the investigator to respond to them, which may have taken some time, the Tribunal considers that, in view of the circumstances of the case, a period of nine months between the submission of the findings of the investigation and the notification of the decision of HRD is excessive. Harassment cases should be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to protect staff members from unnecessary suffering, but attention must also to thoroughness and procedure (see Judgment 3447, consideration 7).
    The moral injury thus caused to the complainant will be fairly redressed by awarding him compensation in the amount of 1,000 Swiss francs.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3447

    Keywords:

    delay; harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury; procedure;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The parties do not dispute that the complainant had requested that a number of witnesses be heard, including his former supervisor [...], which was refused. [...] Any administrative decision, even when the authority exercises discretionary power, must be based on valid grounds. In this case, the refusal, without valid grounds, to hear witnesses with regard to the complainantís allegations constitutes a breach of due process.

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; breach; due process; harassment; inquiry; right to be heard;



  • Judgment 4110


    127th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, a former official of the ILO, alleges that he was subjected to harassment and that the investigation into his allegations of harassment was flawed.

    Consideration 1

    Extract:

    According to the Tribunal, the question as to whether harassment has occurred must be determined in the light of a thorough examination of all the objective circumstances surrounding the events complained of (see, for example, Judgments 4038, consideration 5, and 3871, consideration 12). Since in this instance some of the facts on which the harassment allegations are founded differ from one complaint to another, the Tribunal will not join the cases.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3871, 4038

    Keywords:

    harassment; joinder;

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; inquiry; institutional harassment;

    Consideration 9

    Extract:

    Although it must be taken into account that the complainant took a month to provide his comments and that HRD asked the investigator to respond to them, which may have taken some time, the Tribunal considers that, in view of the circumstances of the case, a period of nine months between the submission of the findings of the investigation and the notification of the decision of HRD is excessive. Harassment cases should be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to protect staff members from unnecessary suffering, but attention must also be paid to thoroughness and procedure (see Judgment 3447, consideration 7).
    The moral injury thus caused to the complainant will be fairly redressed by awarding him compensation in the amount of 1,000 Swiss francs.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3447

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The parties do not dispute that the complainant had requested that the colleagues who had also filed a harassment grievance be heard as witnesses, which was refused. [...] In the present case, the refusal, without valid grounds, to hear witnesses with regard to the complainantís allegations constitutes a breach of due process.

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; due process; evidence; harassment; inquiry; right to be heard; testimony; witness;

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    Where the investigation into a harassment complaint is found to be flawed, the Tribunal in principle remits the matter to the organization concerned so that a new investigation can be conducted. However, in this case, in view of the considerable delay occasioned by HRD and the JAAB, the Tribunal considers it appropriate not to remit the matter to the ILO.
    Since the complainant was denied the right to have his harassment grievance duly investigated, the Tribunal considers it fair to redress the moral injury so caused by ordering the Organization to pay him 15,000 Swiss francs in compensation.

    Keywords:

    harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4109


    127th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, a former official of the ILO, alleges that she was subjected to harassment and that the investigation into her allegations of harassment was flawed.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; institutional harassment;

    Consideration 1

    Extract:

    According to the Tribunal, the question as to whether harassment has occurred must be determined in the light of a thorough examination of all the objective circumstances surrounding the events complained of (see, for example, Judgments 4038, consideration 5, and 3871, consideration 12). Since in this instance some of the facts on which the harassment allegations are founded differ from one complaint to another, the Tribunal will not join the cases.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3871, 4038

    Keywords:

    harassment; joinder;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The parties do not dispute that the complainant had requested that the colleagues who had also filed a harassment grievance be heard as witnesses, which was refused. [...] In this case, the refusal, without valid grounds, to hear witnesses with regard to the complainantís allegations constitutes a breach of due process.

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; breach; due process; harassment; inquiry; right to be heard;

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    Where the investigation into a harassment complaint is found to be flawed, the Tribunal in principle remits the matter to the organization concerned so that a new investigation can be conducted. However, in this case, in view of the considerable delay occasioned by HRD and the JAAB, the Tribunal considers it appropriate not to remit the matter to the ILO.
    Since the complainant was denied the right to have her harassment grievance duly investigated, the Tribunal considers it fair to redress the moral injury so caused by ordering the Organization to pay her 15,000 Swiss francs in compensation.

    Keywords:

    flaw; harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury;

    Consideration 9

    Extract:

    [I]n view of the circumstances of the case, a period of nine months between the submission of the findings of the investigation and the notification of the decision of HRD is excessive. Harassment cases should be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to protect staff members from unnecessary suffering, but attention must also be paid to thoroughness and procedure (see Judgment 3447, consideration 7).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3447

    Keywords:

    delay; harassment; inquiry; procedure;



  • Judgment 4108


    127th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, a former official of the ILO, alleges that she was subjected to harassment and that the investigation into her allegations of harassment was flawed.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; institutional harassment;

    Consideration 1

    Extract:

    According to the Tribunal, the question as to whether harassment has occurred must be determined in the light of a thorough examination of all the objective circumstances surrounding the events complained of (see, for example, Judgments 4038, consideration 5, and 3871, consideration 12). Since in this instance some of the facts on which the harassment allegations are founded differ from one complaint to another, the Tribunal will not join the cases.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3871, 4038

    Keywords:

    harassment; joinder;

    Consideration 3

    Extract:

    The parties do not dispute that the complainant had requested that the colleagues who had also filed a harassment grievance be heard as witnesses, which was refused. [...] In this case, the refusal, without valid grounds, to hear witnesses with regard to the complainantís allegations constitutes a breach of due process.

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; due process; harassment; inquiry; testimony;

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    Where the investigation into a harassment complaint is found to be flawed, the Tribunal in principle remits the matter to the organization concerned so that a new investigation can be conducted. However, in this case, in view of the considerable delay occasioned by HRD and the JAAB, the Tribunal considers it appropriate not to remit the matter to the ILO.
    Since the complainant was denied the right to have her harassment grievance duly investigated, the Tribunal considers it fair to redress the moral injury so caused by ordering the Organization to pay her 15,000 Swiss francs in compensation.

    Keywords:

    flaw; harassment; inquiry; moral damages; moral injury;

    Consideration 9

    Extract:

    [I]n view of the circumstances of the case, a period of nine months between the submission of the conclusions of the investigation and the notification of the decision of HRD is excessive. Harassment cases must be treated as quickly and efficiently as possible, in order to protect staff members from unnecessary suffering, but attention must also be paid to thoroughness and procedure (see Judgment 3447, consideration 7).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3447

    Keywords:

    delay; harassment; inquiry;



  • Judgment 4101


    127th Session, 2019
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who alleges that he was subjected to moral harassment, challenges the refusal to extend his special leave without pay and to grant him certain accommodations with regard to his working arrangements.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; special leave;

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    [T]he Director of the Centre was not obliged to refer the matter to a Commission of Inquiry. Paragraph 22 of Circular No. 13/2009 expressly provides that the Director may close the file ďif the accusations of the alleged victim are insufficiently well foundedĒ. In that case, her only obligation was to respond point by point to the complainantís allegations. Considering the nature of the allegations and the answers given, the Director was not required to provide any further justification to the complainant (see Judgment 3149, consideration 17). The sole purpose of the preliminary assessment of such a complaint is to determine whether there are grounds for opening an investigation (see Judgment 3640, consideration 5). In the absence of a contrary provision, the adversarial principle did not need to be applied at this preliminary stage of the procedure for opening a harassment investigation.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3149, 3640

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; harassment; inquiry; motivation;



  • Judgment 4096


    127th Session, 2019
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the failure to act on his request to update his terms of reference and the subsequent failure to take interim measures to protect him from harassment and retaliation by his supervisors.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; post description; retaliation;



  • Judgment 4091


    127th Session, 2019
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant primarily challenges the amount of compensation offered to her by the IAEA in respect of a harassment complaint.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    compensation; harassment; settlement out of court;



  • Judgment 4085


    127th Session, 2019
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision to reject her harassment grievance.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4064


    127th Session, 2019
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges a request made by the Administration of the FAO that he provide comments, while he was on certified sick leave, on a report issued by the Investigation Panel appointed to investigate allegations of harassment against him.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    due process; harassment; inquiry; sick leave;

    Considerations 8-9

    Extract:

    Based on the evidence before the Tribunal, there is nothing in the FAO rules regime and no proven practice which provide guidance on how the requirement of Part II(b)(iv)(g) of the Policy on the Prevention of Harassment is to be fulfilled where a staff member who is accused of harassment is on certified sick leave. Given the FAOís duty under the Policy on the Prevention of Harassment to investigate harassment complaints, it is reasonable that it could ask a staff member who is on sick leave to comment upon an IP report if doing so would not exacerbate the illness which occasioned the grant of sick leave and if she or he is fit to do so.
    [...] In the Tribunalís view, the FAO took reasonable steps to discharge its duty to accord due process to the complainant, as well as its duty of care and its duty to be fair to him, while it sought to discharge its duty to implement its Policy on the Prevention of Harassment.

    Keywords:

    due process; duty of care; harassment; health reasons; inquiry; medical fitness; sick leave;



  • Judgment 4048


    126th Session, 2018
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision not to investigate her allegations of institutional harassment.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment; inquiry;



  • Judgment 4039


    126th Session, 2018
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who alleges that he is the victim of institutional harassment and discrimination, seeks redress for the injury he considers he has suffered.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4038


    126th Session, 2018
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who alleges that he is the victim of institutional harassment and discrimination, seeks redress for the injury he considers he has suffered.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;



  • Judgment 4035


    126th Session, 2018
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant accuses her former supervisor of moral harassment.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;

    Considerations 4, 5, 7

    Extract:

    The complainant objects to the fact that the Director-General, having recognised that the decision to close the case on her complaint of moral harassment had been wrong, failed to initiate the investigation for which item 18.2 of the Human Resources Manual on anti-harassment policy provides when the preliminary assessment does not culminate in a decision to close the case.
    However, like the Appeals Board, the Tribunal considers that it was by that stage no longer possible to conduct such an investigation, not only because the Director of the Office had left the Organization, but also because of the time that had elapsed since the incidents in question, which in particular made it difficult to gather reliable testimony from witnesses as to whether those incidents occurred and how third parties may have perceived them.
    The Tribunal has already found in similar cases that when a harassment case has been wrongly closed, it is not appropriate to order that an investigation be re-opened if that course would raise practical difficulties of this nature (see, for example, in another case concerning a UNESCO official, Judgment 3639, under 8 to 10).
    Furthermore, the Tribunal came to the same conclusion in its recent Judgment 3935, delivered in public on 24 January 2018, in which it ruled on a complaint filed by the complainantís immediate supervisor at the material time, Mr E. Z., who likewise considered that the Director of the Office had harassed him.
    This situation means that, as in the case leading to aforementioned Judgment 3935, it is impossible for the Tribunal, in the present case, to reach an informed decision on the merits of the partiesí submissions as to the existence and, as the case may be, the effects of the harassment alleged by the complainant. Neither the partiesí briefs nor the evidence tendered allow the Tribunal to rule on these points with certainty; this would be possible only if the findings of an investigation that was duly carried out at the material time were available.
    Thus, although the complainant alleges, inter alia, that she was unduly divested of the substance of her responsibilities, unlawfully placed in a hierarchical position that was not commensurate with her grade and subjected to denigration of her work and other humiliating statements and conduct, the evidence on file does not permit a determination as to whether some of these incidents actually took place and whether, viewed as a whole, they constituted harassment or instead resulted from acceptable management decisions or sheer tactlessness. Furthermore, whilst the complainant plainly had a very difficult relationship with the Director of the Office, that circumstance, which may well be explained by work-related conflicts or even by purely personal antagonism, does not in itself support a finding that the complainant was, as she alleges, a victim of systematic discrimination, retaliation or other conduct amounting to harassment. [...]
    Nevertheless, the fact that it is impossible for the complainant to have her internal complaint of harassment examined owing to the failure to conduct an investigation at the time of the incidents constitutes a serious violation of her right to effective means of redress. It has caused her considerable moral injury which, in the Tribunalís view, justifies a higher amount of damages than that already awarded by the Director-General in the impugned decision.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3639, 3935

    Keywords:

    harassment; inquiry; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4034


    126th Session, 2018
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant claims that she was subjected to harassment.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    harassment;

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    According to the Tribunalís case law, ďan allegation of harassment must be borne out by specific facts, the burden of proof being on the person who pleads it, and [...] an accumulation of events over time may be cited to support an allegation of harassmentĒ (see Judgment 3347, under 8).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3347

    Keywords:

    burden of proof; harassment;

    Considerations 18, 19, 20

    Extract:

    [T]he complainant states that after the Bureau of Field Coordination was abolished, she was not notified of her exact assignment. [...]
    The Tribunal observes that the patently unacceptable situation in which the complainant and numerous other officials were placed reveals a management error by the Administration but does not constitute harassment. Under the case law, unsatisfactory conduct is not, in itself, sufficient to establish harassment (see, for example, Judgment 3625, under 9).
    It follows from the foregoing that the complainant has failed to show that she was a victim of harassment.
    However, although the alleged harassment has not been established, the Tribunal considers that the management error identified above placed the complainant in a difficult situation that caused her moral injury. The Organization must redress its breach of the duty to provide its employees with a safe and healthy working environment by the payment of damages, which the Tribunal sets at 10,000 euros.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3625

    Keywords:

    clerical error; harassment; moral injury;

    Consideration 12

    Extract:

    Although the Organization is obliged to investigate any incidents that might constitute harassment, the employee must nevertheless report those incidents in good time so as to allow the Organization to fulfil its duty.

    Keywords:

    harassment;

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