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  • Judgment 3402


    119th Session, 2015
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The Tribunal found that the evidence established an intention to defraud on the part of the complainant and that the decision to dismiss him was not disproportionate, but it awarded damages because of the delay in the internal appeal procedure.

    Consideration 11

    Extract:

    "[O]rdinarily a staff member who has been dismissed for engaging in fraud, would suffer considerable stress while waiting for the answer in an internal appeal about whether the challenged finding of fraud would be upheld or rejected. There is no reason to doubt that this would have been so in the present case. The internal appeal did take too long and the complainant is entitled to moral damages [...]. However, this was only very much a subsidiary part of the complaint and, in substance, the complainant has failed. Accordingly the complainant is not entitled to costs."

    Keywords:

    moral injury; no award of costs;



  • Judgment 3396


    119th Session, 2015
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: In relation with the complainant's service-incurred illness, the Tribunal concluded that she was entitled to an invalidity payment.

    Consideration 16

    Extract:

    "[T]he delay in resolving the issue whether the 16.complainant was entitled to a continuing total invalidity pension has undoubtedly caused the complainant considerable stress and anxiety which is all the more regrettable and serious having regard to what appears to be, or at least was, her psychiatric condition. For this she is entitled to moral damages [...]."

    Keywords:

    moral injury;



  • Judgment 3364


    118th Session, 2014
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant successfully impugns on the grounds of a procedural flaw the decision to maintain his dismissal for misconduct.

    Consideration 29

    Extract:

    "[T]he fact that the procedure resulting in the disciplinary measure was conducted in breach of the applicable rules, as well as the length of the procedure and of the suspension, caused the complainant moral injury [...]."

    Keywords:

    moral injury;



  • Judgment 3347


    118th Session, 2014
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant impugns the decision dismissing her harassment complaint and challenges the lawfulness of the internal appeals and investigation procedures.

    Consideration 15

    Extract:

    "Other than in extraordinary circumstances, the appropriate remedy for delay is an award of moral damages. [...] [I]n assessing whether a delay is unreasonable, the complexity of the matter is a relevant consideration."

    Keywords:

    delay; moral injury;



  • Judgment 3307


    117th Session, 2014
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: After being removed from his post consecutively to a judgment of the Tribunal declaring his appointment invalid, the complainant seeks compensation for moral injury.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    compensation; complaint dismissed; moral injury;



  • Judgment 3287


    116th Session, 2014
    World Intellectual Property Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who reported his suspicions that someone was unlwafully accessing his professional email account, impugned the decision to deny him access to the investigation report.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    compensation; complaint allowed; delay; inquiry; investigation; moral injury; right;



  • Judgment 3282


    116th Session, 2014
    European Southern Observatory
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant successfully challenged the decision not to renew his contract based on an "overall assessment" that his performance was below the acceptable level.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    breach; compensation; complaint allowed; contract; decision quashed; duty of care; flaw; material injury; moral injury; non-renewal of contract;

    Consideration 8

    Extract:

    Considering reinstatement could raise substantial practical difficulties because of the time that has elapsed since the complainantís separation from service, the complainant is ďentitled to full compensation for the material and moral injury he sustainedĒ (see Judgment 1386, under 26).

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 1386

    Keywords:

    material injury; moral injury; reinstatement; separation from service;



  • Judgment 3262


    116th Session, 2014
    International Organization for Migration
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant, who applied for the position of Legal Advisor, was offered the post, but at a grade lower than that at which it was advertised.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    acceptance; appointment; candidate; compensation; contract; grade; moral injury; offer; offer withdrawn; post; respect for dignity;



  • Judgment 3223


    115th Session, 2013
    International Telecommunication Union
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant impugns a decision on which the Tribunal already ruled in Judgment 2881 and which is res judicata.

    Consideration 6

    Extract:

    "[T]he Tribunal considers that, by virtue of the adversarial principle, an employer organisation may not raise an objection to an internal appeal filed by a staff member unless that person is able to express his or her views on the merits of the objection. As the [organisation] points out, Staff Rule 11.1.1, paragraph 4, makes no provision for a staff member to file a rejoinder with the Appeal Board; however, nor does it rule out this possibility, and it does not therefore preclude the submission of a rejoinder by the person concerned in accordance with the requirements of the adversarial principle. [...]
    The internal appeal proceedings were [thus] tainted with a flaw which, contrary to the [organisation]ís submissions, cannot be redressed in proceedings before the Tribunal. In the particular circumstances of the case, the Tribunal will not, however, set aside the impugned decision, but it will grant the complainant compensation in the amount of 1,000 euros for the moral injury caused by this flaw."

    Reference(s)

    Organization rules reference: Paragraph 4 of ITU Staff Rule 11.1.1

    Keywords:

    adversarial proceedings; allowance; breach; compensation; discretion; general principle; iloat; internal appeal; internal appeals body; moral injury; no provision; organisation's duties; procedural flaw; procedure before the tribunal; refusal; rejoinder; reply; request by a party; res judicata; right; right to reply; staff regulations and rules;



  • Judgment 3200


    115th Session, 2013
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decision to impose on her the disciplinary measure of demotion.

    Consideration 6

    Extract:

    "Although the case was complex and detailed, and the subject matter sensitive, the time taken to complete the proceedings was indeed excessive. The Tribunal notes in particular that it took OSDI ten months to bring the investigation to a conclusion following the interviews, and it took the Director General seven months to reject the appeal after receiving the Appeals Committee Report. The total length of the proceedings cannot therefore be considered reasonable, and specifically, the two intervals of time noted above were excessive. The conclusion is that the Organization did not respect the need for expeditious proceedings and violated its duty of care towards the complainant."

    Keywords:

    administrative delay; delay; duty of care; internal appeal; moral injury; organisation's duties; procedure before the tribunal; reasonable time; staff member's interest;



  • Judgment 3198


    115th Session, 2013
    European Patent Organisation
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant seeks the withdrawal from his personal file of the warnings concerning his productivity.

    Consideration 25

    Extract:

    "According to the case law of the Tribunal, no damages will be ordered where a decision does not hamper a career and the matter which was complained of has been withdrawn (see Judgment 1380, under 11)."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 1380

    Keywords:

    decision; evidence; lack of evidence; lack of injury; material damages; moral injury; no cause of action; professional injury; withdrawal of decision;



  • Judgment 3193


    114th Session, 2013
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges both the reclassification of a vacant post and the appointment to that post of another staff member.

    Consideration 12

    Extract:

    "In a case where a complainant establishes that the disputed decision involved an abuse of power, the appropriate relief is often to set aside the decision. Indeed, such a decision should not stand in the face of the conclusion that it involved an abuse of power. [However], in the somewhat unusual circumstances of this case, it would be inadvisable to set aside the disputed decisions notwithstanding the Tribunalís finding that they involved an abuse of power. The appropriate remedy is therefore to award the complainant moral damages for the indirect consequences of the decisions the Tribunal has concluded were legally flawed."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 496

    Keywords:

    abuse of power; misuse of authority; moral injury; organisation's interest; post classification; reassignment; transfer;



  • Judgment 3188


    114th Session, 2013
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant challenges the decisions not to update her job description, not to select her for a G-6 position and her alleged subsequent demotion.

    Consideration 25

    Extract:

    "As the Tribunal has repeatedly observed, internal appeals must be conducted with due diligence and with regard to the care owed by an international organisation to its staff (see for example Judgment 2522, under 7). While the time an appeal might reasonably take will often depend on the particular circumstances of a given case, it has been said by the Tribunal in Judgment 2902, under 16, that ďby any standards a delay of nearly 19 months to complete the internal appeal process is unreasonableĒ."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2522, 2902

    Keywords:

    delay; duty of care; internal appeal; moral injury; organisation's duties; procedure before the tribunal; reasonable time; staff member's interest; time limit;

    Consideration 5

    Extract:

    "It is well settled in the Tribunalís case law that a failure to respond to a legitimate request of a staff member within a reasonable time may be deemed to be a refusal of the request if the staff member elects to accept that refusal. Additionally, egregious delay in responding to a reasonable request may involve a breach of the obligation to deal with the staff member in good faith. In the present case, the failure of the IAEA to provide the complainant with an updated job description over several years involved a violation of her rights for which she is entitled to compensation."

    Keywords:

    compensation; good faith; moral injury; organisation's duties; refusal; request by a party; terms of appointment;



  • Judgment 3174


    114th Session, 2013
    Universal Postal Union
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the implicit rejection of his request for moral damages for alleged harassment and abuse of authority.

    Judgment keywords

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2203, 2389, 3009

    Keywords:

    abuse of power; complaint dismissed; harassment; misuse of authority; moral injury;



  • Judgment 3172


    114th Session, 2013
    Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the abolition of her post and the decision not to extend her appointment as procedurally flawed.

    Consideration 24

    Extract:

    "The Staff Regulations and Rules do not require the Joint Appeals Panel to explain why it considers a given document to be relevant. However, in this case, the Panel did explain both in its memorandum to the Administration and in its formal recommendation to the Executive Secretary that the requested documents were relevant to the disputed question of whether the decisions to abolish the complainantís post and not to extend her appointment were tainted by bias or some other legally vitiating factor. By refusing to proffer the documents, even though this did not prevent the Panel from continuing the appeal and issuing its recommendation, the Commission breached the principles of due process, entitling the complainant to moral damages."

    Keywords:

    breach; disclosure of evidence; due process; evidence; general principle; moral injury; organisation's duties; procedural flaw;



  • Judgment 3168


    114th Session, 2013
    World Health Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant disputes the characterization of his service during a certain period and the date taken into account by WHO to determine his entry on duty within the United Nations system.

    Consideration 13

    Extract:

    "It is firm Tribunal case law that a staff member is entitled to an efficient internal means of redress and to expect a decision on an internal appeal to be taken within a reasonable time (see Judgments 2904, under 14 and 15, 2851, under 10, and 2116, under 11). It can be seen from the above summary of the internal appeal process that there were a number of requests for extensions of time by both parties and in some instances consented to by the opposing party. While the departure of a staff member responsible for an appeal is beyond the control of the Administration, the latter does bear the responsibility of providing adequate staffing in keeping with its obligation to provide an efficient means of internal redress."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2116, 2851, 2904

    Keywords:

    administrative delay; decision; delay; internal appeal; internal appeals body; moral injury; organisation's duties; reasonable time; time limit;



  • Judgment 3166


    114th Session, 2013
    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant alleges that he suffered harassment, mobbing and defamation on the part of his supervisors.

    Considerations 18 and 19

    Extract:

    "[T]he JAC made a finding of procedural irregularities in relation to the consideration of the complainantís grievances. It recognised, as this Tribunal has stated, that an organisation has a duty to its staff members to investigate claims of harassment (see Judgment 3071). This conclusion would have warranted consideration of a remedy. However, the JAC adopted the approach, accepted by the Secretary General, that the Federation had ďacted in the [complainantís] favourĒ because the contract of [the alleged harasser], amongst others, had not been renewed.
    The non-renewal of [that person]ís contract did not involve a vindication of the complainantís rights. Ordinarily, the mechanism for addressing the violation of a personís rights is to award compensation to the aggrieved person or to make an order restoring the person to the position he or she would have been in but for the violation. The nonrenewal of the contract of a person who had violated a complainantís rights may, of course, provide moral comfort to the complainant. However, the task of the Secretary General is to determine a response in relation to a grievance formally raised and established which remedies the effect of the proven violation of rights. The non-renewal of a contract, such as occurred in the present case, does not serve this purpose."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 3071

    Keywords:

    advisory body; claim; compensation; contract; decision; executive head; harassment; injury; material injury; moral injury; non-renewal of contract; organisation's duties; procedural flaw;



  • Judgment 3162


    114th Session, 2013
    Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant contests the decision to terminate his appointment which, in his view, is flawed for breach of due process.

    Consideration 22

    Extract:

    "An allegation of dishonesty is an allegation of unsatisfactory conduct that may result in disciplinary action. As such, it must be dealt with in accordance with the organisationís prescribed procedures (see Judgment 1724, under 14). That was not done in this case. This failure deprived the complainant of an opportunity to defend himself against a serious allegation and reflects a serious breach of his right to due process. The breach is particularly egregious having regard to the complainantís work and the nature of the allegations."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 1724

    Keywords:

    breach; disciplinary measure; due process; general principle; good faith; moral injury; organisation's duties; procedural flaw; procedure before the tribunal; right to reply; written rule;



  • Judgment 3160


    114th Session, 2013
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant successfully impugns the Director-General's decision to reject his appeal concerning breaches of confidentiality.

    Considerations 11 and 15

    Extract:

    "This Tribunal has recognised staff membersí right to privacy. An example is found in Judgment 2271. [...]
    [T]he issue is whether there was a breach of privacy or confidentiality as a result of the disclosure to the Director of PSM/HRM of the fact that the complainant had made an Appendix D claim. The answer is readily found in Judgment 3004 at consideration 6. [...] The disclosure of the mere fact that the claim had been made involved a breach of confidentiality. Being in a similar situation, the complainant should be awarded 4,000 euros as moral damages for breach of confidentiality."

    Reference(s)

    ILOAT Judgment(s): 2271, 3004

    Keywords:

    breach; communication to third party; confidential evidence; lack of consent; moral injury; organisation's duties;



  • Judgment 3152


    114th Session, 2013
    International Fund for Agricultural Development
    Extracts: EN, FR
    Full Judgment Text: EN, FR
    Summary: The complainant applies for execution of Judgments 2867 and 3003.

    Judgment keywords

    Keywords:

    application for execution; complaint allowed; icj; moral injury;

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