- Original version of these notes about Spanish-Catalan Research Misconduct [with Spanish academia’s tycoon Luis Serrano sided by his miss-stress Maria Lluch-Senar]
Here is how Luis Serrano, CRG Director, did his best to protect reputation of his research institute by having lied several times about the reason of his former employee’s dismissal.
- A year ago they ignored conciliation officer’s suggestion to accept that the dismissal was illegal and make things done: i.e. to pay out a small fine (~ one month wage) to me and give me a paper confirming that dismissal was illegal, their representative also told then that they needed the decision of the Court to make that small payment.Now they’ve started with their style of menaces again, urging me to accept the following proposal: before the Court they admit that the dismissal was illegal and pay me that money, but in turn© I have to purge all materials on them I put online. They pay that ridicule fine, I clean, they get off scot-free, as if nothing happened, as if they did nothing wrong and as if I am doing here even something criminal.
If I do not accept this — they’re going to carry out their threats.
I said no lies.
What did kinda surprise me — that Spanish Court did not find anything abnormal in their menaces*), neither noticed any contradiction in their proposal with its own decision at the end. The judge had a look rather petulant by me declining their menaces.
And all that looked really quite medieval to me…
- On the Court hearing Luis Serrano, CRG Director, came to witness me «constantly refusing» to talk to his favorite, M Lluch Senar. That was yet another sheer lie (unless just comical): I’ve updated the DropBox with the copies of correspondence which happened a month before my dismissal when I had to explain to M Lluch Senar, biochemist, (© L. Serrano) how mass-spec really works (she tries to show up herself as if she understands it but pretty dumb to get a simple point). Finally, from the 3rd attempt, she gets it and even thanks me, reminding me one more time that I’d be fired anyway. She’s been obsessed repeating that in near every second her email with cc to Luis Serrano. I bet that seemed so sexy to her patron. Chat between me and her is mentioned in the beginning of that correspondence. So the meeting was with me and her alone, at my initiative because in that case that did make sense. Luis Serrano was well aware of the meeting, he was in cc.
In fact, I refused no meeting with his favorite. I’ve been just asking for assistance as she used to be damn blind, aggressive and incompetent, sabotaging any communication with the lab people and the colleagues involved in the project.
Only once I refused her manipulations «if you want to talk… we can discuss» — I said I don’t, she lied as if she looked at the app (all I was doing for them she kept calling «webpage» :)), there were nothing to discuss, she was unable to set a task and was reiterating what was already done (they both got hysterical after I said «I don’t» then, although I could wait weeks for them just to look on what was going on with the project… — «ha-ha, Katerina wants to work!»). Another time it was «if you don’t understand — come and ask». I said I have nothing to ask — I was fired.
That wasn’t the only lie he told to the Court, also he lied about me unrelated to his starring in «I think what maria proposed does not make any sense» — that was in fact said after me trying to explain Maria the same, but not that way directly. I just did not discarded her suggestion completely (that’d be too risky! but minding now Serrano’s confession to the Court — see in DropBox Court’s decision: his favorite reported on me unsuitable for her right around the same time!)
The related email is now on the DropBox too (my actual boss was in cc of course and Luis Serrano was surely reacting on this correspondence).
- The third lie:
CRG attorney told the Court (and Luis Serrano repeated it) that I was given 3 months to follow discipline I allegedly violated.
In fact, the next day after Serrano told me that his favorite M Lluch-Senar was my boss (yet another one, as I still had to ask my official boss for holidays and the like), less than 3 months before my dismissal, I’ve got a letter from her, that she had «talked with Luis and he said me that he has given you the opportunity to work for three months in the lab and to finish the project». That is I was told I’d be fired anyway. Serrano was in cc in that email (see in DropBox too).
No way he didn’t know, I was pointing on that assertion (that I’d be fired anyway) to the HR, Conflict resolution Committee. They didn’t care, they served to M Lluch-Senar and her henpecked one like dogs, despite the law — «it’ll be illegal and you can go to the Court then». Well, we’ll kill you, what’s the matter? — your relatives can go to our Court then (the Court won’t find anything wrong in that).
Luis Serrano, CRG Director, lied his face off to the Court.
Their events fabrication was supported by no single legit document, proving their falsehood.
Not to mention the repeated falsehood about Conflict Resolution Committee, implying that they called for it to make me obey them — yet another lie: who could think that my call for Conflict Resolution Committee they’d unscrupulously use for themselves….
Not to mention the lies about the reason of my transfer to the Serrano lab:
in order to mob and fire actually, as he explicitly confirmed himself — his favorite reports on me that she’s unhappy to work with me, meanwhile, after her discussion with me he writes to several colleagues that her proposals, criticized by myself, make no sense — the best way of a corporate intrigane: he makes sure that she’d hate me, — and voilá: he transfers me to his lab and coerces me to talk to Sra. Lluch only alone. Nice trick, isn’t it?
Later he refers to this intrigue as if they had transferred me for the sake of discipline I allegedly violated. Before I even could have gotten to know who was my yet another boss whose scientific authority I had to obey or what could be that disobedience (apparently the logic isn’t a Spanish/academic talent).
Oh, yes, no word about corruption, let alone ignoble conduct of those who know no decency. True modern scientific leadership although with quite questionable practice, but who cares when it comes to money laundering so successfully sold out as that true research activity, right? Just givvus more money, we are saving humanity’s health, kids from starvation, we are saving the Earth!! Preserve our strata whatever it takes (skip it, now).
Needless to say now that this Spanish Court did not give me the floor unless defendant party would have asked for it. Of course they were not interested to ask.
So this Spanish/Catalan Court has taken CRG Director’s words as they are along with their dismissal notice (citing me «I have nothing to ask» as a reason to fire me) as a proof of my disobedience and made decision that my dismissal was legal.
You can enjoy reading on DropBox their decision: nothing from my part is even mentioned…
— yet another achievement of Spanish science and Social Justice ⚖️ in Spain/Catalunya… But thank Providence and post medieval (just neo-fascist?) world: otherwise I’d have been put on fire literally, in the Auto-da-fé / or shot dead by these franquists pokemons under the new brand of la nueva Alianza de Excelencia SOMM (Severo Ochoa y María de Maeztu — WTH is this clownacy?).
And the cherry on the cake:
I had to make waiting the reverend scientist and the Court for about an hour as I insisted on the interpreter being assisting me on the hearing (my Spanish isn’t fluent):
that was my right they had failed to lock in on their own — thus that utterly corrupt fascist Spanish/Catalan Court did not give a damn whether I could even understand them.
At the end the Judge had rudely interrupted my attorney: no use to get into the subject, really. Everything was so clear in advance.
Otherwise it was just yet another routine Spanish way of showing their respect, no worries.
Summarizing all this shame CRG/Barcelona Excellence™ in the anecdote:
— what maria proposed does not make any sense.
— she does not obey to do what I propose!
Luis Serrano & Maria Lluch-Senar:
(both very «con tensiones en la empresa por ello»):
— you are fired!
Don’t you ask yourself now:
why the hell the CRG in Barcelona, Luis Serrano, his work-wife Maria Lluch-Senar — why did they feel necessity in all that execution-style spectacle?
Why were they unable to make things at least as civilized people would do when they didn’t like each other: to dismiss me a decent way, by mutual agreement? — I didn’t even ask for their money, I suggested that Luis Serrano the very next moment when Maria Lluch promised me that I’d be fired anyway after he told me that I had to get along with her and the lab folk (they slandered I can work with no one, but no one confirmed that), especially that the condition to get along with the lab folk was yet another fabrication: you can see it from the Court decision — Serrano claimed I had to obey to his favorite only.
— So, why this spectacle? why their Juan Valcarcel lied me, that I can go to the Court and their Court would decide that my dismissal was illegal?
*) artículo 169 del Código Penal of Spain: «Amenazas son un delito o una falta… el anuncio de un mal futuro ilícito que es posible… con la finalidad de causar inquietud o miedo…»
«Threats are a crime or a fault… the announcement of a bad illicit future that is possible … with the purpose of causing concern or fear …»