Judgment No. 3971
The complaint is dismissed.
The complainant challenges the decisions to ban him from entering the EPO’s premises, to suspend him from duties and to downgrade him.
downgrading; disciplinary measure; disciplinary procedure; suspension; complaint dismissed
The house-ban decision as well as the suspension decision have, by themselves, an immediate, material, legal, and adverse effect on the person concerned, and are not subsumed under the final decision taken at the conclusion of any disciplinary proceedings. Consequently, they cannot be considered as mere steps leading to the final decision taken at the conclusion of the proceedings and, according to the Tribunal’s case law, must be challenged by themselves, and not as a part of the final decision (see Judgments 1927, under 5, 2365, under 4, and 3035, under 10).
Jugement(s) TAOIT: 1927, 2365, 3035
suspension; final decision; step in the procedure
Regarding the severity of the sanction, the case law has it that “[t]he disciplinary authority within an international organisation has a discretion to choose the disciplinary measure imposed on an official for misconduct. However, its decision must always respect the principle of proportionality which applies in this area” (see, for example, Judgment 3640, under 29).
Jugement(s) TAOIT: 3640
proportionality; disciplinary measure