DA staff who complained of sexual assault lose a dismissal case

A policy adviser who lodged a complaint of sexual assault and was later fired by an AIDS-fighting DA group has lost a claim against her for misconduct and is he has denied a copy of an investigation into the alleged attack, documents show.

Martina Brostrom, 41, of Sweden, was fired for sexual and financial misconduct in December 2019. She denies the allegations and says she was fired in retaliation for being reporting sexual assault by a senior UNAIDS official.

In response to her submission, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Appeals Board, which heads UNAIDS, said in an internal document on Jan. 18: “The Panel looked at the Appellant’s misconduct and found no error of fact or law in misconduct decisions.”

The document, which was reviewed by Reuters, also said Brostrom’s breach was “proportional” to a case of misconduct and that there was no evidence of prejudice, prejudice or retaliation against her.

In a separate document last month, UNAIDS called a request from Brostrom for a copy of a report into its sexual assault “prematurely” as no final decision had been made on whether to report the report. shared with UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.

Then-UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luiz Loures denies Brostrom’s allegation that he was caught in a hotel elevator in Thailand in 2015 and tried to drag her to his roommate as well as her allegation that he provoked a Brostrom misconduct probe. Brostrom went public with its 2018 aggression complaint.

“I am appalled that they have denied any connection between my harassment claim and my appointment and that they have refused to provide me with a copy of the investigation report,” Brostrom told Reuters. feeling overwhelmed by the system. “

When asked about the content of the documents, which were not made public, UNAIDS spokeswoman Sophie Barton-Knott declined to comment, citing confidentiality.

Loures did not respond to requests for comment.

Brostrom said she would appeal to a tribunal at the International Labor Organization which investigates complaints from DA workers.