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How Luis Serrano, CRG Director, Barcelona/Catalonia, lied to the Court

  1. 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 don’t.

    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…

  2. 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 involved in the project colleagues. 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).

  3. The third lie:The CRG representative told the Court (and Luis Serrano repeated it) that I was given 3 months to follow discipline I allegedly violated.In fact, 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 being said I was told I’d be fired anyway. Serrano was in cc in that email (it is 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 the 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.

    Not to mention the repeated falsehood about Conflict Resolution Committee, implying that they called for it (yet another lie — who could think that my call for it they’d basely use for themselves…), and about the reason of my transfer to Serrano lab, in order to mob and fire actually, as he implicitly confirmed himself: his favorite report on me that she’s unhappy to work with me (meanwhile, after her discussion with me after which he writes to several colleagues that her proposals make no sense) and he transfers me to his lab coercing me to talk to Sra. Lluch only alone.

    Needless to say now that this Spanish Court did not give the floor to me unless defendant party would have asked for it.
    And 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 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 (post-fascist?) world: otherwise I’d have been put on fire literally, in the Auto-da-fé (or shot dead by these franquists).


*) 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 …»

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Luis Serrano and Maria Lluch reject conciliation under a weird pretext, Luis Serrano, CRG director, lies to the Court

«Academia is full of rogue scientists doing their own shit using public assets» ©

These people turned out to be unable to stand up to their own deed.

On 06 Feb’17 in Barcelona there was a conciliation meeting with the CRG’s legal representative about legitimacy of a computer scientist’s dismissal from this Spanish research institution.
CRG’s legal representative was a young girl from a lawyer firm, so they decided to spend money for the legal service, having their own legal department.

This girl has burst into tears after being told off by the official in the conciliation office (Department de Treball, Afers Socials i Families, Generalitat de Catalunya).
She had nothing to do with these people and she took it hard.

Conciliation officer (Maria Bachs) told that she met such disrespect the first time in her practice: when a public organization (scientific one!) which can’t help admitting the breach of the law is so disrespectful to it, also clearly demonstrating no care about its public reputation and lack of responsibility.
So unless the following is signs of corruption and rogue science, there should be another reasonable explanation.

They had to admit that the dismissal was illegal, but they said that they want to bring the case to the Court because they are «accountable for the money».

How is it consistent with the payment to the off-site company for a legal service, having it their own on site?

But there were a lot of weird inconsistencies in this case, please see below.

Update: Court hearing is scheduled for 31 January 2018. This is Spain.

Update, Feb 2018:
Luis Serrano, CRG Director, lied to the Court

Full text of the email they quote in their dismissal notice

Subject: Re: MS data
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:20:49 +0100

Dear Maria,

I am sorry, I cannot comment on this.
I expect you respect your colleagues and able to communicate in a calm and professional manner by email and in person.

I see you do not understand the standardization subject and I am very able to prove it to a professional commission if its needed.
I also clearly see that you are getting passively aggressive and disrespectful, you are trying to undermine me on my professional field which is ridiculous and unacceptable. I think you have to apologize.

So I am sorry, I have nothing to ask you in person.

Regards, —
Catherine

— this was reply to the email quoted here-above (the one with the red font).

(signatures dimmed)
So the actual reason for the dismissal: you «must recognize the scientific authority of Maria as co-leader of the project and work under her direct supervision alone» otherwise you are fired. This is how these cool scientists do science now days.

Murky messages with messy content, several files of >10Mb sent by email, «new format» © Maria Lluch Senar represented by two >100Mb Excel files with 15 spreadsheets with hand copy-paste — to process all this shit into the DB and then harassing a professional who tries to explain how the data should have been processed — these are just ordinary examples from a routine intellectual work process (paid by public money) of a rock star scientist with «I have many publications» (another shining clause of her argumentation).

This rock star scientist which is unable to create on her own a single document (without her promoter), a literate email, to make a tiny bit effort to grasp one simple thing: what the standards are, — whatever you’re trying to explain her, however you try to reach for her mind — «in turn» © this person just harasses you and keeps claiming for recognition of her poor scientific authority. Remarkably all those harassments with these wretched claims were fully supported by the top manager of the scientific institution.

Intellectual reasoning? Logical reasoning? Whatever fair damn reasoning?
Come on, bow and scrape and thank Universe, that these so great scientists could not call for the authorized science gestapo to help them out: they have only fired you because you had dared to question the authority of a really cool scientist whose favorite trip up in reply on any reasoning on the subject was just: «If you cannot do this work let us know and we will look for another way to do that».
Which was exceptionally ridiculous for this really cool scientist because «them» had no clue whatsoever about any way how their data could be processed in particular and how the scientific data are usually processed into the DB as that was not their expertise whatsoever. But surely «they» had authority to impose on you any by-products from «their» so beautiful minds.
Because. You. Cannot. Period.
— intellect, culture, work ethic here are so blatantly demonstrated that you just lose the gift of speech…

Why the data analyst was coerced to work with concocted data and had been denied the direct contact with the data producers?
Do you ask yourself why that so damn bright scientist who, as we’re sure, is Maria Lluch, — why she was so eager to interfere between the data and a data analyst, why the hell she had to concoct that shameful hand made copy-paste Excel spreadsheets instead of allowing the professional to work with the data sources directly?
Why on the Earth she’s been so craving for that bow and scrape?
How the hell they spend public money then? — they hire a professional, perform their mobbing actions against her attacking her purely on personal ground (because there is no other space to attack her) during several months and at the end just fire her after more than 9 months without giving her any credit for the job she’s been doing for them.
Is it Franco’s style but modernized Spanish science or what??

And at the and — why the Staff Scientist Maria Lluch Senar and the CRG Director Luis Serrano Pubul had to lie so shamefully?

These are fairly good questions.

And finally, how come that taking the way of the apparent scientific misconduct was the easiest choice for them?…

picture is taken from this article on scientific misconduct: Scientific misconduct & its effect on the medical literature
(as much as it affects biomed sciences)

Here is my twitter account: @JWapatoo where I post current updates on this case and my relaxed attitude, i.e. after me being put under pressure and stress, it is naturally personalized unlike expressed as such while I am on duty where I’m restrained by professional standing rules and contract clauses.

«You should be stressed as you are still in initial closely watched period»
© Julia Ponomarenko
(4 months after start of the contract)

So these people don’t even give a care about the fact that a professional engineer, doing brainwork, can be only either productive or stressed.
Never both. Obviously, if results quality is to be provided.
Or, no need for data integrity in all this so playful scientific ambiance?

Or, these scientists — do they use their own brain for professional purposes?

P.S. CRG and Luis Serrano do support scientific fraud of their PI MP Cosma — please see by these links an article of Leonid Schneider and PubPeer comments.