JOHN GALLIANO has won the right to have his case against former employers Dior and John Galliano SA – both owned by LVMH – heard in a labour court, which deals with disputes relating to performance and breach of contract between employees and employers.
The Paris Court of Appeals rejected Dior’s appeal to have the trial moved to a commercial court, ordering the French fashion house and John Galliano SA to each pay the designer €2,500, as well as court costs, WWD reports.
Galliano – who was fired from Dior in March 2011 for making anti-Semitic remarks – is seeking compensation of an estimated €6 million. In February, Dior challenged a decision made by the Conseil de prud’hommes (the labour relations court), which said that it was qualified to hear Galliano’s claims. The fashion house said that the case should instead be heard in a commercial court, because the complicated nature of his contracts, both with his eponymous label and with Dior meant that he should be viewed as an independent contractor of the companies, rather than an employee. Galliano’s lawyer said that he should be treated as a salaried member of staff and be given the same rights. Dior maintains that its decision to sack the designer is still justified.
“The decision to fire Mr Galliano as a result of these incidents is based on fundamental principles and the rule of law,” a statement from the brand said. “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.”