John Galliano appeals Labour Court decision of wrongful dismissal from Christian Dior
The saga continues...
Yesterday, John Galliano's lawyers – Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés – filed an appeal over the decision made by the Paris Labour Court in the French capital. The court rejected the British designer's claims that he was wrongfully dismissed from Christian Dior and his eponymous fashion house.
In 2011, Galliano was fired from his role at the house following anti-Semitic and racist remarks. Galliano claims that his employers were aware of his problems with addiction, and asked for damages ranging between 2.4 million euros and about 13 million euros. In a November hearing, the 54-year-old designer told the court that his bosses at Dior and the Galliano fashion house were totally aware of his personal problems with addiction. Following rehabilitation, Galliano has now returned to the fashion industry to head up Maison Margiela.
Galliano's lawyers argued that his dismissal should be null and void owing to a preexisting medical condition. The lawyers for Christian Dior and John Galliano – Jean Néret of Jeantet Associés – dismissed this claim as fraudulent.
This verdict marks three court cases lost for Galliano since his firing in 2011. The same year he was ousted from Dior and his namesake fashion house, a criminal court found him guilty of uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults. In 2014 a commercial court rejected another claim for damages by Cheyenne Freedom (Galliano's company), following the termination of its consultancy agreements with Christian Dior Couture SA in March 2011.
According to quote provided by Galliano's lawyer to WWD: “Given the deadlines for the Paris Court of Appeals, the case should be heard in 2017.”