- 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 need 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 go 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 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 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).
- 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 is 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 (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 and 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 …»
Here are the threats of legal persecution I’ve got from CRG, Barcelona, signed by Managing Director Bruna Vives on behalf of the Centre and Luis Serrano, CRG Director, of course. Look at the Centre for Genomic Regulation at their finest in intimidating and disrespect.
My notes are below the copies (clickable to enlarge).
- Here we have a classical actus reus.
- This threatening from CRG, Barcelona under the claim to keep «professional secrecy» (are these people even sane?) and «confidentiality», i.e. the claim to keep silence about their excellence in research misconduct, followed by these threats where I’m named as «and / or» doing even something «criminal», — look like fit of anger unless just laughable. They are supposed to represent a Spanish intellectual elite, aren’t they?
- Solely this claim to keep their threats confidential (see also the bottom of the pages) should be enough to launch the investigation on the activity of the top employees of CRG, including here-below mentioned favorite of Luis Serrano, CRG Director (ah, all right… she’s supposed to be on the top anyway…).
- NDA (appendix to the work contract) I signed, concerned the contract in force or expired.
My contract is not expired or in force: it was interrupted (terminated — as they’ve recognized it themselves in their threat) by CRG, Barcelona due to alleged disobedience to another employee who was not even my immediate superior, the latter was silently dismissed from being such, excluded from the working process and substituted by incompetent, but badly ambitious and passively aggressive Director’s favorite, Maria Lluch Senar, as a «co-leader» of the project with so peculiar correspondence style (how come that such individuals can even get MS and even PhD in Spain?)
- I was slandered and mobbed by this M Lluch-Senar, CRG staff scientist (intensively supported by her patron, Luis Serrano, CRG Director in whatever she’s been saying about me) several times, she announced me that I’d be dismissed anyway the very next day after she was set as my boss by Luis Serrano.
Luis Serrano was persistently coercing me, in written too, to talk only alone with his favorite (who by the way is craving for a PI position and her henpecked is desperate to help her).
I called for CRG’s Conflict Resolution Committee, which has completely ignored my complains and followed Luis Serrano‘s non-negotiable instructions forcing me to recognize scientific authority of his favorite, who persistently lied about my personality, aggressively refusing to get or accept any technical reasoning out of her competence.
Moreover. She was misleading me with data sources and urging me to work with erroneous data concocted by herself.
I said no.
I was given «24 hours» to confirm my response.
I was fired by the end of the same week.
- CRG was already clearly told off about the neglect of their duty and reputation — they have completely disrespected the words of the conciliation officer, they have even refused to present themselves directly on the hearing.
They had given no care to their reputation then and now suddenly they have recalled and decided to take care about it, starting with threats, apparently from the bottom of their hearts and their notion of what the (academic) culture is. Surely they don’t just perform only a bare money laundering using their positions in Spanish science.
Now they claim that one of their former, thrown out on the streets, employee is damaging their «honour» or «reputation» even «with the intention».
Dear CRG, Luis and Bruna,
- If it’s possible for you to put a word «or» between «honour» and «reputation» which you claim you have (after you have lied so dishonourably) — then, obviously, only an upper authority could explain you something about what honour and reputation are: it seems you’re still uncertain about these entities. No wonder you have failed to keep them intact.
You did it on your own.
No one has forced you to behave like you have.
Paraphrasing Bertolt Brecht («Vertrauen wird dadurch erschöpft, daß es in Anspruch genommen wird»), your honour and reputation begin to vanish the very moment you claim you have them damaged the way you do it, — especially after you were utterly unable to display at least a minimum respect to your employee, let alone the kind of integrity you have shown as pertinent to you.
My story is just a shadow on the sand in the background of your behaviour and culture. I’m too small comparing to your own self-exposure.
«We trust that your knowledge, skills and experience will be among our most valuable assets» — remember the text of your offer? — you gave no respect to any of thus enumerated (by your own) qualities. That’s why the only point you could use to attack me with your misconduct was a «discipline».
Which is ridiculous since you do not have any notion of what it is.
Not to mention work ethics.
- I don’t damage your «honour or reputation» as you claim «with the intention».
I speak out, that’s it.
And of course I would only greet an independent open investigation of your professional activity and of its compliance with your own Code of Good Scientific Practice.
Even then I doubt that it could depreciate your significance and self-worth acquired with such diligence by your so creative advertising of your excellence, with your passionate appeal for money throughout your much more conspicuous networking, connections, pulls and of course… well… social network accounts. Just don’t stop disseminate food & drinks for your subscribers and sponsors as you used to do it: to make sure they would love your excellent science.
And, Bruna, seriously… I am so sorry, but having known now the story of your appointment, this your threatening burofax speech looks like a sincere coming out, especially when it’s read in Spanish. But of course, of course, it’s not how it looks like.
Given the whole story I reckon that the above text is not too harsh and I apologize if someone’s sensitive feelings are touched, —
Katerina aka Catherine
Here are some notes of a computer scientist’s experience (Mar’2016 — Dec’2016) who was very near to get a TBI*) while working with Maria Lluch, CRG‘s staff scientist.
The latter has been promoting her scientific career servicing to Luis Serrano, CRG Director for his private needs, which, however extraneous or ugly it may look like, hands down should not be whoever else’s business unless well-being of another persons and research integrity were drastically affected and put in a shambles.
In previous posts you can see mainly inside description (with the copies of emails and other documents) of the working and firing process performed within the walls of «an international biomedical research institute of excellence» — i.e. CRG, EMBL outstation in Barcelona: the torture of mobbing and lies with yet hardly believable outcome lasted for several months.
(Court hearing is scheduled for the end of Jan, 2018 as this is in Spain, so very apt country for misconduct being unabated).
The only excuse for so direct summary of what happened is that the nature of Maria Lluch-Senar’s job at CRG and peculiar success is of no secret within those walls, also due to quite open demonstration of her deep connection, way far to be really intellectual, with her patron accompanied by «the closest person, his right hand, she can get fired anyone» (indeed! not to mention full access to CRG director‘s desktop…), so forth interesting confessions and blatant research misconduct.
It’s worth to mention, that all this shame is silently supported and even sponsored with millions of € grants both by EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and ERC (European Research Council)
Docs & Emails of the case on GitHub
*) Traumatic Brain Injury