My ex-company decided to pay its employees a bonus for the struggles with Corona in 2021. I've resigned from my job at that company in January 2022. They announced the bonus payment in February 2022, I've gotten the info from an ex-coworker.
This Corona bonus bases on a special law in Germany, that allows a company to pay its employees up to €1.500 tax-free because of the Coronavirus. There are no other statements about this bonus in my contract. The bonus is voluntary, though.
My understanding is, that because I've worked for the company in 2021, I should be still eligible for the bonus payment, even if I've quit already. I know that there were other employees who planned to quit in early 2022 and handed in their notices already at the end of 2021, I feel like the company delayed the announcement to late February 2022 on purpose, to save money.
Am I right with my assumption that I am still eligible for that bonus, and would it be worth to contact my old company about this, or even to contact a lawyer for that matter?