The legal battle between John Galliano and Christian Dior continues with a new court ruling...
John Galliano has won the right to have his case against former employers, Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA, heard in a labor court.
Both companies will have two months to appeal this week’s decision, WWD reports. Before the trial is taken to the court, which specialises in disputes relating to performance and breach of contract between employees and employers, next year.
The Paris Court of Appeals rejected Dior’s earlier appeal to have the trial moved to a commercial court, and ordered the Parisian fashion house and John Galliano SA to each pay the disgraced designer €2,500, as well as court costs.
Galliano was dismissed in March 2011 after 15 years at the helm of Dior, following a string of public outbursts, which he was heard to make racist and anti-Semitic insults in a Paris café.
He blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for his behaviour, and is now thought to be seeking compensation in the region of 6 million euros.
Dior has yet to comment on their plans to appeal the ruling, but maintains that the decision to fire Galliano was justified.
‘The decision to fire Mr. Galliano as a result of these incidents is based on fundamental principles and the rule of law,’ read a statement from the Parisian fashion house. ‘Christian Dior Couture reaffirms its attachment to the rules of human respect and non-discrimination, which it expects all of its collaborators, without exception, to adhere to strictly.’
Galliano’s company, Cheyenne Freedom, was ordered to pay Dior 1.17 million euros as compensations for hurting the company’s image and reputation.
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