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Allegations in the Berlin Maxim Gorky Theater «kleinezeitung.at

Allegations in the Berlin Maxim Gorky Theater «kleinezeitung.at

Director Shermen Langov accused of toxic work atmosphere. A playwright’s complaint will be heard next week.

11.55 AM April 30, 2021

Shermen Langov, 2011 in Vienna © APA / ROLAND SCHLAGER

At the Berlin Maxim Gorky Theater, there are allegations of multiple staff members in the room. Next week, a lawsuit will be heard, for which a fixed-term employment contract has not been extended, the Berlin Arbitration Court announced on Thursday. The Prosecutor asserts that the non-renewal contravenes the prohibition on disciplinary measures and relates to a letter of complaint from several employees against the Director General. It deals with allegations of abuse of power and bullying. In addition, she faces discrimination as a woman during her parental leave. A spokesman for the theater denied the allegations.

And the theater spokesman announced in the evening that the labor court proceedings were still pending. “The Maxim Gorky Theater opposed the prosecutor’s proposals as well as the entire opposing lecture. The allegations, as far as rumors, are untrue.” For reasons related to data protection and personal rights law, it is prohibited to go into this in detail.

The news magazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday that many of the theater’s former and current employees will be Director Shermen Langoff is accused of toxic work atmosphere. The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper also reported a suspected abuse of power last week.

A spokesman for the theater announced that Ms. Langov will not comment on the allegations of “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “SPIEGEL”. The spokesman said, “In the current reports, no names or other sufficient indications have been given that would enable Ms. Langov to comment on the incidents – should they occur.” Incidentally, for reasons of protecting personal data, I have also been forbidden to deal with any inconsistencies in detail.

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