I have a job that needs a notice of "3 Monate zum Quartalsende" or 3 Months to the End of the Quarter. And since I am already pregnant that is a pretty long time to wait (a new quarter just started so it's legally almost 5 months from now if I quit asap from what I have read).
I sent a few applications and judging by the response so far it might be possible to find a new and better paying job. However, realistically I am pretty sure most places would want a new hire to start sooner than half a year (any later will be in my mandatory maternity leave period).
I heard there is a possibility of renegotiating the contract, but if my employers decide to be difficult, what kind of penalties (if any) can I face if I got a job offer and gave a more reasonable 1-month notice to my current employer instead and go my merry way?
I have read that a pregnant woman is not bound to the notice period in the contract, but I can't find so many places saying this since so many most information sources with proper legal citations are focused on the employer not being allowed to fire the pregnant worker aspect, and not the other way around.
Does anyone know what would be the case here?
Update: A mutual contract termination agreement (Aufhebungsvertrag) was necessary, however, was granted since it isn't in the old employer's interest to pay parental leave for an employee that plans to leave directly after.
New employer may not discriminate based on pregnancy and a pregnant applicant is not required to disclose at an interview. So an offer was accepted, and I successfully switched took leave and am back.