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  1. Feeling under threat at work

    At the end of last month I sent an email to my boss asking if our company had any plans to help out employees with the cost of living, fuel, energy and other price hikes that essentially devalue our wages.   After some back and forth the email was passed on to our HR who invited me for a meeting, saying they "would be happy to discuss my concerns in this personal meeting".   At this meeting  other than me was my boss and his boss, a member of HR and the head of HR.   after an initial explanation as to why the HR team were there (to mediate and take notes) they meeting began and I realised that this was not about my concerns, but instead they began to fire accusations at me that included absenteeism (the practice of taking time off work without good reason) and also synonymously used the phrase "your reliability issues". I was directly attacked by the head of HR who asked me how I could have the nerve to ask for more money when I had this record of absenteeism.    I'll briefly explain for context, I was off work for a long period of time due to mental health problems, bipolar, insomnia and acute anxiety. I am diagnosed now and on medication plus i have regular visits to a Psychiatrist and Neurologist and every two weeks with a therapist,  and I also did a stint at the local Psychosomatische Tagesklinik during my time off. I have had to take off more time than usual since returning to work in April 2021 as my kids were not allowed to go to kindergarten if they had so much as a sniffle, plus when they actually had covid, followed by a period where I had Covid too, the last years have been tough.  I was also signed off work three times over the last two years since my return for chronic bouts of insomnia. Every day off is accounted for with doctors notes for myself and my kids, I have no days of absence without holiday or a sicknote.   During the meeting I was pressured into giving specific details of my condition, and they also tried to make me commit to a "solution to my reliability problems".   I was also told that this "absenteeism could not be tolerated and that there can be consequences, though this was never elaborated on, and it was mentioned many times how terrible this was for the company and what hardship I was causing them.   I was also being goaded into making a statement that my problems were stopping me perform my duties, and that I didn't want to work there, though in both cases I refused to go along with it.   I felt very pressurized and very anxious the entire time this was happening and all I wanted was for it to be over.  I felt out manned and out gunned and unable to defend myself properly as I was so flustered. In hindsight I wish I had called a halt to the meeting and asked for it to be rescheduled, but I was frankly scared to as I felt intimidated by the HR manager and the fact that I was one against four.   I really feel that I was lured into a de-facto disciplinary hearing, the email I got inviting me mentioned nothing about any of this and only that we could discuss my concerns, which we actually didn't discuss because I was totally stonewalled on that front every time I attempted to bring it up.   I was offered no Protokoll for the meeting, there was not real conclusion to the meeting, I was left confused, angry, scared.   No one has ever taken this tone with me before, no one has ever mentioned anything about my "Absenteeism" before I sent this email, and certainly no one has ever made me feel threatened in such a way. I really feel that this is some sort of indiscrete warning, or their attempt to shut me down with regard to the questions I was asking.   I'm absolutely floored by this, for the last two days I have, ironically, suffered from not being able to sleep properly and being almost constantly anxious, I have butterflies and that stressed feeling of tightness across my chest, I'm finding it hard to concentrate - in short, I'm having a very bad reaction to this and worried about where this is going, but not only that, I cannot believe this happened.  I'm now scared to take the time off to see my doctor, which I normally would if I began to feel like this since it's incredibly bad for my health, and I'm even more worried that if I do his first action would be to sign me off.   There is no official Betriebsrat at my place of work, though it is big enough to have one.   Any advice or insight would be appreciated, I've never felt so powerless or violated in my life.   D    
  2. Hello, I am looking for an english speaking insurance broker who can help me figure out the best legal insurance to buy in Germany. Please send me a pm
  3. Notice period to end tenancy

    I signed a new tenancy agreement to move to another flat end June 2022. I today gave my current landlord 30 days notice and he said to me that I got to give 3 months notice!!! Is this true? I googled it but can't find no definite answer. I am paying my current landlord 500 euros in cash every month and I dont get a receipt, the reason being that he doesnt want the tax authorities to know that he getting the said amount from me. Has he got the right to keep my deposit of 900 euros? Can he sue me for 3 x 500 = 1500 euros? My move to Germany is getting more complicated by the minute! Any advice would be appreciated.
  4. Wohngeld and a Guarantor

    Good morning folks, a question - I am about to sign a lease on a small flat, but because my State Pension is not great, this is being done with the help of a guarantor. Would I be able to claim Wohngeld or Grundsicherung im Alter further down the road even though Ive signed the lease and somebody else has signed as my guarantor? Any genuine responses would be highly appreciated.
  5. When I moved to Germany from UK I got a temporary flat, fully furnished, all bills included for 620 euros per month. 30 sq meters. The temporay rental contract ended in December 2021. I asked my Landlord if I could stay on and he said it was ok and dropped my rent to 500 euros per month, but that he would not give me a monthly receipt for rent...I presume this is because of a tax implication for him. I pay him cash every month. Him and his wife are truly fantastic people.  My financial situation is dire, 700 euros pm UK state pension and I have 60k in the bank. I am 67 yrs old and my health is not too good. My questions thus are as follows - Can I ask my Landlord to set up a permanent residence contract to enable me to claim Wohngeld further down the line? Is there a tax implication etc etc for him? I can afford the 500 pm at this stage ( the flat is fully furnished, internet, tv etc). Its a comfy little place.. I really am dumb with this type of thing as I've never ever found myself in this type of situation before. When looking at Wohngeld, Grundsicherung im Alter etc I have seen that a tenancy contract is always asked for. I am petried that Homelessness is a real possibility for me in 5 years time. Any advice as to how I can overcome this problem or how to approach my Landlord would be highly appreciated. I don't really want to divulge my personal financial situation with him, even though he ia a good guy.