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Jugement n° 4399

Décision

1. The decisions contained in the letters dated 19 November 2009 and 18 November 2013 are set aside.
2. The EPO shall pay the complainant 12,000 euros in moral damages.
3. The EPO shall also pay the complainant 1,000 euros in costs.
4. All other claims are dismissed.

Synthèse

The complainant challenges the decision to transfer him from a manager position to a non-managerial post.

Mots-clés du jugement

Mots-clés

Requête admise; Mutation; Conflit d'intérêts

Considérant 12

Extrait:

The complainant claims that the internal appeal procedure was egregiously delayed. The procedure began with the complainant’s letter dated 8 March 2010 requesting that the transfer be set aside “for formal and procedural flaws, overlooking of material facts or obviously wrong conclusions which have been drawn from evidence on which the decision was based” and that he be reinstated to his previous post. The Office did not file its position paper on the appeal until 12 January 2012, the IAC presented its opinion on 23 April 2013, and the Office failed to provide the complainant with a final decision by the agreed upon extended deadline of 24 July 2013. This constituted unreasonable delay in the internal appeal proceedings. The damage to the complainant which this delay occasioned is obvious considering the simplicity of the appeal and the urgency of the need for a remedy regarding the unwanted transfer. The Tribunal will therefore award moral damages on this ground.

Mots-clés

Indemnité pour tort moral; Retard dans la procédure interne

Considérant 8

Extrait:

These findings reflect a balanced and thoughtful analysis by the IAC, as the primary trier of fact, of the issues raised in the internal appeal and, as such, they merit considerable deference (see Judgment 4180, consideration 7).

Référence(s)

ILOAT Judgment(s): 4180

Mots-clés

Organe de recours interne; Rapport de l'organe de recours interne

Considérant 9

Extrait:

The complainant was not notified of this transfer until the meeting of 12 November 2009 at which he was informed orally that the decision had been taken. Despite the Organisation’s arguments to the contrary, that notification cannot be considered as a proper consultation with the complainant prior to the decision being taken.

Mots-clés

Décision administrative; Droit d'être entendu

Considérant 13

Extrait:

As the complainant has not established that his unlawful transfer caused him material injury, he will not be awarded compensation for the loss of career opportunities which he seeks.

Mots-clés

Tort matériel; Perte de chance

Considérant 13

Extrait:

[The complainant's] claim for costs in the internal appeal proceedings will be rejected as there are no exceptional circumstances to justify such an award (see Judgment 4217, consideration 12).

Référence(s)

ILOAT Judgment(s): 4217

Mots-clés

Dépens; Procédure interne; Dépens pour la procédure de recours interne



 
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