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  • Judgment 4493


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision not to award him moral damages for the length of the internal appeal procedure.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    complaint dismissed; delay in internal procedure; moral injury;

    Considerations 7-8

    Extract:

    The Tribunal’s case law has consistently stated that the complainant shall produce evidence of the injury suffered and of the causal link between the length of the procedure and the injury (see Judgment 4306, at consideration 19, recalling the principle also set out in Judgment 1942, consideration 6):
    “[The complainant] provides no evidence of emotional distress or of any other injury or loss suffered. The case law, for example in consideration 5 of Judgment 4156, requires a complainant to provide evidence of the injury suffered as a result of alleged unlawful acts. In the premises, the Tribunal finds that the complainant is not entitled to an award of moral damages [...]”
    According to the Tribunal’s case law, the Tribunal does not automatically grant moral damages for excessive delay. The complainant has to articulate the adverse effects of the delay and support them with evidence. The Tribunal observes that in the present case, the complainant eventually achieved the expected productivity factor and his productivity was thus evaluated as “good” in his staff report for 2006-2007. The warning letter was also removed from the complainant’s personal file in October 2012. There is no evidence showing that the length of the appeal proceedings had an adverse consequence on the complainant’s career, or caused the complainant to sustain psychological pressure, stress, anxiety, or other moral injury in his professional and personal life. It is obviously not sufficient for the complainant merely to adduce his testimony to allege the injury.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 1942, 4156, 4306

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4491


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision to dismiss her with immediate effect for serious misconduct.

    Consideration 23

    Extract:

    [There was] manifest moral damage, involving considerable personal distress, occasioned to the complainant by her being investigated, charged with fraudulent misconduct, found to have engaged in that misconduct and ultimately dismissed. Those moral damages are assessed in the sum of 30,000 euros.

    Keywords:

    disciplinary procedure; misconduct; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4490


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the amount of damages awarded for the unlawful decision not to renew her fixed-term contract as a Principal Director and to reinstate her in a lower-level post instead.

    Consideration 18

    Extract:

    The complainant’s claim to moral damages is not dependent on the complainant proving harassment, as the Appeals Committee believed. It is tolerably clear from the terms of the complainant’s letter of resignation of 29 April 2014 and the contemporaneous medical certificate from her treating physician (the contents of neither, as they related to the effect of events on the complainant, were challenged by the EPO) that the decision to abolish her post and not to renew her Principal Director contract had a serious and negative effect on the complainant’s health and well-being culminating in her resignation.

    Keywords:

    moral injury; non-renewal of contract; resignation;



  • Judgment 4489


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the amount of moral damages paid to her by the EPO for the decision not to finalise her two performance management reports for 2011 and part of 2012.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    complaint allowed; moral injury; performance evaluation;



  • Judgment 4487


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the fact that the arrears owed to him in respect of his invalidity allowance, related benefits and unused leave following a retroactive modification of the monthly gross salary scales in December 2012 were not paid to him until January 2013.

    Consideration 14

    Extract:

    The complainant challenges the excessive length of the internal appeal and seeks compensation by way of moral damages, stating that neither the complexity of the case, nor the ancillary partiality objection raised during the internal proceedings justified its length. It is well settled in the Tribunal’s case law that internal appeals must be conducted with due diligence and in a manner consistent with the duty of care an international organisation owes to its staff members. The amount of compensation for unreasonable delay will ordinarily be influenced by at least two considerations: the length of the delay and the effect of the delay (see Judgment 4229, consideration 5). Delay in an internal appeal concerning a matter of limited seriousness in its impact on the appellant would be likely to be less injurious to the appellant than delay in an appeal concerning an issue of fundamental importance and seriousness in its impact on the appellant (see Judgment 4100, consideration 7). Recent case law holds that an unreasonable delay in an internal appeal is not sufficient to award moral damages. It is also required that the complainant articulate the adverse effects which the delay has caused (see Judgment 4396, consideration 12: “[n]otwithstanding that there was unreasonable delay in the internal appeal process, the moral damages which the complainant seeks under this head will not be awarded, as he has not articulated the effects which the delay has caused”; see also Judgments 4147, consideration 13, 4231, consideration 15, and 4392, consideration 12).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 4100, 4147, 4229, 4231, 4392, 4396

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4482


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the “social democracy” reform introduced by decision CA/D 2/14.

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    Insofar as the complainant seeks moral damages for the length of the internal appeal, it is by no means obvious that he suffered a moral injury having left the Organisation in 2016, and, in any event, he has not demonstrated that he has.

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; former official; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4480


    133rd Session, 2022
    International Labour Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: La requérante, fonctionnaire du BIT, conteste la décision de ne pas lui accorder une promotion personnelle dans le cadre de l’exercice 2015.

    Consideration 19

    Extract:

    Les irrégularités fautives de la défenderesse qui justifient l’annulation de la décision attaquée et de celle du 9 janvier 2017 ont privé la requérante de son droit à un examen de son dossier qui soit conforme à la teneur des dispositions applicables. Le Tribunal estime qu’il sera fait une juste indemnisation du préjudice ainsi causé à la requérante en allouant à cette dernière un montant de 5 000 francs suisses.

    Keywords:

    moral injury;



  • Judgment 4476


    133rd Session, 2022
    International Criminal Court
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: Le requérant, qui prétend avoir le statut de lanceur d’alerte et demande à bénéficier de la protection y afférente, conteste l’absence de réponse à sa lettre de signalement de comportements, selon lui illicites, de certains responsables de la Cour.

    Consideration 17

    Extract:

    Le Tribunal relève, au passage, qu’il n’y a du reste pas davantage lieu d’octroyer au requérant l’indemnisation qu’il réclame au titre de la mention d’autres indications figurant dans le mémoire en réponse de la défenderesse. Contrairement à ce que soutient l’intéressé, les indications en cause n’excèdent en effet nullement les limites de la liberté dont jouissent les parties quant à la formulation de leurs écritures dans le cadre du débat contentieux.

    Keywords:

    moral injury; reply;



  • Judgment 4471


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: Le requérant conteste la décision de rejeter sa plainte pour harcèlement moral.

    Consideration 22

    Extract:

    [L]e requérant a été privé de son droit de voir sa plainte pour harcèlement traitée dans des délais raisonnables, de recevoir une motivation de rejet adéquate et d’avoir en temps opportun une communication appropriée du rapport d’enquête préliminaire concernant cette plainte. Cela lui a immanquablement causé un lourd préjudice moral qu’il y a lieu d’indemniser (voir, sur la reconnaissance d’un préjudice moral en de telles circonstances, les jugements 4167, au considérant 9, 3314, au considérant 20, et 2973, au considérant 18).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2973, 3314, 4167

    Keywords:

    harassment; moral injury; procedural flaw;

    Consideration 11

    Extract:

    Un délai de plus d’un an entre le dépôt de la plainte pour harcèlement moral du requérant et la notification de la décision du Directeur général de classer l’affaire ne témoigne pas d’un traitement rapide et efficace d’une affaire de harcèlement, non plus que d’une démonstration d’agir de manière diligente et dans le délai minimal compatible avec le respect de l’équité à l’égard des parties. La jurisprudence du Tribunal reconnaît le préjudice qui peut en résulter pour un intéressé (voir, à titre d’exemples, les jugements 3347, au considérant 14, et 4241, au considérant 4). Les explications que fournit Eurocontrol dans son mémoire en réponse font état du fait que la désignation des enquêteurs s’est avérée difficile en raison de conflits d’intérêts potentiels avec le requérant, qu’un congé de maladie a inopinément retardé la désignation d’un des enquêteurs et que les congés estivaux ainsi que la nécessité de faire traduire la plainte du requérant ont reporté la date de l’audition de ce dernier à septembre 2015. Au regard de l’engagement d’Eurocontrol à agir de manière diligente et dans le délai minimal compatible avec le respect de l’équité à l’égard des parties, ces explications d’ordre interne et administratif sont insuffisantes.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3347, 4241

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4469


    133rd Session, 2022
    European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: Le requérant conteste la décision d’Eurocontrol de procéder au recouvrement de diverses sommes qui lui auraient été indûment versées.

    Consideration 15

    Extract:

    Le requérant sollicite l’attribution d’une indemnité visant à réparer le préjudice moral que lui aurait causé la décision attaquée. Mais il ne fournit aucune justification précise de l’existence d’un tel préjudice et, eu égard à la nature de la décision en cause, dont les effets sont d’ordre exclusivement pécuniaire, le Tribunal estime que le remboursement des retenues opérées sur la rémunération de l’intéressé suffit à indemniser ce dernier, en l’espèce, de l’intégralité du tort qui lui a été occasionné par celle-ci.

    Keywords:

    moral injury;



  • Judgment 4468


    133rd Session, 2022
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision refusing to submit the alleged increase in her whole person impairment rating to the Medical Board and to reject her claim for compensation based on this alleged increase.

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    The complainant seeks the payment of moral damages. However, she fails to specify the relevant grounds and the amount. As the Tribunal’s case law requires that moral damages must be proven, this claim shall be dismissed (see, for example, Judgment 4156, consideration 5).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 4156

    Keywords:

    moral injury;



  • Judgment 4457


    133rd Session, 2022
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: Le requérant conteste la décision de le renvoyer sans préavis.

    Consideration 27

    Extract:

    La sanction de renvoi sans préavis infligée au requérant a par ailleurs causé à celui-ci un évident préjudice moral, en ce qu’elle portait, par elle-même, une grave atteinte à son honneur et à sa réputation.

    Keywords:

    moral injury; summary dismissal;

    Consideration 29

    Extract:

    Il résulte d’une jurisprudence constante du Tribunal que les fonctionnaires ont droit à voir leurs recours examinés avec la diligence requise au regard, notamment, de la nature de la décision qu’ils entendent contester (voir, par exemple, les jugements 2902, au considérant 16, 4063, au considérant 14, ou 4310, au considérant 15).
    En l’espèce, alors que le requérant avait saisi le Conseil d’appel le 14 avril 2017, la décision de la Directrice générale statuant sur son recours n’est intervenue, comme il a été dit, que le 10 juillet 2018, soit près de quinze mois plus tard.
    Le Tribunal estime que, même s’il peut certes ne pas paraître déraisonnable dans l’absolu, un tel délai est excessif eu égard à la nature de l’affaire, dès lors que celle-ci portait sur un licenciement sans préavis pour motif disciplinaire.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2902, 4063, 4310

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4456


    133rd Session, 2022
    World Tourism Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the decision to summarily dismiss her for misconduct.

    Consideration 21

    Extract:

    The complainant is entitled to moral damages for the undoubted trauma and associated distress arising from and associated with her unlawful summary dismissal after 27 years of service at UNWTO and the consequential need for her to relocate to Mexico.

    Keywords:

    moral injury; summary dismissal;



  • Judgment 4454


    133rd Session, 2022
    World Tourism Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the decisions to reject his allegations of misconduct on the part of the Secretary-General.

    Consideration 13

    Extract:

    The complainant is entitled to moral damages for the failure of the JAC to perform its role and determine, according to law, the complainant’s appeal with the result that his challenge to the closure of the complaints remains unresolved in its entirety.

    Keywords:

    internal appeals body; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4452


    133rd Session, 2022
    World Tourism Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the decisions to suspend him with pay and then without pay during the disciplinary procedure for misconduct as well as the appointment of a colleague to what he describes as his “job and functions”.

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    The complainant also seeks additional moral damages and exemplary damages. These damages are sought on the basis of “the emotional and financial stress placed on [the complainant] and his family [...] and as [the unlawful decisions] severely injured his professional reputation and dignity”. There is no obvious relationship, nor any proved, between the matters just referred to and the unlawful suspension without pay for approximately two and a half months being the period between the time of the decision to suspend without pay and the time of the decision to dismiss. No moral or exemplary damages are warranted.

    Keywords:

    exemplary damages; moral injury; suspension without pay;



  • Judgment 4447


    133rd Session, 2022
    International Olive Council
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the withdrawal of some of her functions, arguing that such removal amounted to de facto demotion.

    Consideration 15

    Extract:

    [A]s the Tribunal is not satisfied that the complainant has articulated the injury she suffered as a result of the procedural irregularities leading to the setting aside of the decision, no award of compensation for moral damages which she seeks will be made.

    Keywords:

    moral injury; procedural flaw;



  • Judgment 4445


    133rd Session, 2022
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision to close the procedure regarding his harassment complaint against his former supervisor.

    Consideration 14

    Extract:

    The Tribunal accepts that the time between 30 August 2013 when the complainant filed his harassment complaint and his receipt of the impugned decision in November 2018 was too long. However, the complainant has not articulated the effect which the delay has had on him (see, for example, Judgment 4147, consideration 13).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 4147

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4444


    133rd Session, 2022
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant impugns the decision to dismiss him on disciplinary grounds.

    Consideration 14

    Extract:

    The complainant claims moral damages for extensive delays in the internal appeal process. [The internal process] involved a period of almost three years, which was too long. As the complainant submits that this delay caused him “extreme suffering”, which he has articulated and which the Tribunal accepts, he is entitled to moral damages for which the Tribunal will award him 5,000 euros.

    Keywords:

    delay in internal procedure; moral injury;



  • Judgment 4435


    132nd Session, 2021
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who is a former permanent employee of the European Patent Office, challenges the deductions from his remuneration that were made in respect of his absences for strike participation as well as the lawfulness of the general normative decisions on which those deductions were based.

    Consideration 18

    Extract:

    A further issue raised by the complainant concerns the procedures adopted in the internal appeal proceedings. He argues that when he filed his appeals the governing procedural rules conferred a right to an oral hearing if requested. When the time came for the hearing, the procedural rules, so he argues, had been altered and deprived him of this right and the Appeals Committee acted as if this was so. These circumstances found a claim by the complainant for moral damages. But even if the complainant’s analysis is correct, having regard to the subject matter of the internal appeals and the issues they raised (almost entirely legal), it is difficult to see what prejudice the complainant suffered by being restricted to written submissions. Put slightly differently, a complainant must establish the foundation for the award of moral damages (see Judgments 4231, consideration 15, and 4147, consideration 13). As the complainant has singularly failed to do so in this case, his claim for moral damages on this basis will be dismissed.

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 4147, 4231

    Keywords:

    internal procedure; moral injury; oral proceedings;



  • Judgment 4434


    132nd Session, 2021
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainants challenge the refusal to organise a strike ballot under the new rules governing the exercise of the right to strike at the European Patent Office.

    Consideration 18

    Extract:

    The complainants are entitled to moral damages for the decision of the President not to hold a ballot for a strike they and others called for in accordance with the provisions of Circular No. 347, which constituted an abuse of power in that the President purported to exercise a power which he did not have. The President’s conduct involved a significant and unilateral derogation of the complainants’ right to strike even as arising under the materially constraining scheme in Circular No. 347 and CA/D 5/13. These moral damages are assessed in the sum of 6,000 euros for each complainant.

    Keywords:

    abuse of power; misuse of authority; moral injury; right to strike; strike;

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