The United Nations has been ordered to pay a former employee $65,000 in a lawsuit that has raised questions about the UN's commitment to protecting whistleblowers and stopping corruption.
The UN Dispute Tribunal, which was established to improve accountability in the international organisation, ruled in favor of James Wasserstrom last summer, as Al Jazeera detailed in this report.
It was discovered at that time, that Wasserstrom was forced out of his job in a UN field office and harassed after he reported a possible kick-back scheme involving senior UN officials in 2007.
Judge Goolam Meeran's cash award handed down this week, however, was significantly less than the $3.3mn sought by Wasserstrom. He was awarded $50,000 for damages and $15,000 for legal fees.
Wasserstrom said the amount is not enough to deter the international organisation from misconduct in the future.