LIKE a Psycho Thriller MOVIE: 4 CIVIL SERVANTS OF THE GERMAN IRS WERE JUDGED PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSOUND AFTER DOING THEIR JOBS TO WELL
By Kevin Stoda, State of Hessen, Germany
Last summer 2009, while I was struggling with injustices against my wife's visa application which resulted from the lack of whistle-blowing culture among the civil servants in the Integration Office in Wiesbaden, all the newspapers were reporting a case of criminality and bullying of another group of civil servants in the same state of Hessen.
In that case from last summer, known as the Hessen Tax-Collector Affair, four amazingly diligent civil servants working for the Finance Ministry (i.e. U.S.'s federal Internal Revenue Service counterpart) were treated as insane by others until they were forced to leave their work. Each had been responsible of collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes from various German firms and individuals.
Moreover, each of the 4 civil servants became victims of what German's call "mobbing" or bullying. The 4 were actually guilty of recovering too much tax money. (Who instigated the mobbing? Why? How was it carried out? Why did these people who instigated the mobbing and mislabeling of civil servants could get away of the crime?)
For this extra-effort beyond the call of duty, these 4 Finance Ministry officials in Hessen were harassed by other civil servants in and out of their ministry until a single Psychiatrist, known as Psychiatrist H. in the media, declared each of them mentally unfit to work as civil servants.
These 4 victims of the lower and unfair [kangaroo] courtroom's justice in Hessen originally lost their jobs--and in German society today, one who is declared mentally unstable has little chance of new employment. The youngest among the four was in his 30s.
SYSTEMATIC ISSUE IN HESSEN AND GERMAN SOCIETY
To me, if the episode had happened to a single employee, I would have considered the whole affair simply a scandal. However, the fact that it happened to four employees fairly simultaneously leads me to think that the bullying among the civil servant system in Germany is systematic--or at least out of control.
A lot of self-introspection and investigation was what Hessen citizens have awaited in vain since July 2009 when the four Finance Ministry employees won their case in Hessen and had their jobs reinstated. However, little has been done since then by the CDU-FDP government in Hessen, led by Roland Koch.