Judgment No. 4351
The complaint is dismissed.
The complainant challenges her dismissal from service for misconduct.
termination of employment; misconduct; complaint dismissed
The Tribunal finds the charge of misuse of her UNLP to be proven. The complainant herself admits that she regularly used her UNLP for personal travel. As noted by the Organization in its submissions before the Tribunal, “[b]y using her UNLP on a series of private trips, which constitutes an abuse of privileges conferred to WHO officials by the Organization’s Member States, the Complainant used for her personal benefit some of the advantages conferred by this travel document, hence committing misconduct. The use of the UNLP for private use erodes the respect for the UNLP, and in turn to the UN Convention on Privileges and Immunities, by governments, particularly if used to violate national laws.”
That [the complainant] was a senior staff member who should have been setting a good example for others, can be considered an aggravating factor. The Tribunal finds that the disciplinary sanction imposed, was based on valid grounds and did not lack proportionality.