Judgment No. 4321
The complaint is dismissed.
The complainant challenges the non-renewal of her fixed-term contract.
fixed-term; non-renewal of contract; complaint dismissed
The principles of statutory interpretation are well settled in the case law. As the Tribunal reiterated in Judgment 4178, consideration 10:
“The primary rule is that words are to be given their obvious and ordinary meaning (see, for example, Judgments 3310, consideration 7, and 2276, consideration 4). Additionally, as the Tribunal stated in Judgment 3734, consideration 4, ‘[i]t is the obvious and ordinary meaning of the words in the provision that must be discerned and not just a phrase taken in isolation’.”
ILOAT Judgment(s): 2276, 3310, 3734
interpretation; interpretation of rules
[T]he complainant’s assertion the EPO breached its duty of care owed to her is unsubstantiated. The complainant was given six months’ notice of the termination of her contract; the termination of the contract occurred at the contractually agreed time, as stated in her last extension; and the complainant received valid reasons for the decision.
grounds; termination of employment