PARIS — John Galliano’s lawyer has appealed a decision by a Paris labor court rejecting the British designer’s claims of wrongful dismissal after he was ousted from Christian Dior and his namesake house, John Galliano, for making racist and anti-Semitic remarks in 2011.
Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés has filed an appeal against the ruling, which also ordered Galliano to pay a symbolic euro to both his former employers, and to cover all their legal fees in the long-running case.
“Given the deadlines for the Paris Court of Appeals, the case should be heard in 2017,” she said via e-mail.
Galliano had asked for damages ranging between 2.4 million euros and about 13 million euros, or $2.7 million to $14.8 million at current exchange, depending on how the court appraised his dismissal, according to Giraud-van Gaver.
Galliano told a hearing in November that his bosses at Dior and the Galliano fashion house were fully aware of his addictions to alcohol and medications. Having sought treatment, he is making a comeback as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela.
Giraud-van Gaver had argued that Galliano’s dismissal should be considered null and void because it was based on a preexisting medical condition. Jean Néret of Jeantet Associés, the lawyer for Christian Dior and John Galliano, dismissed the allegations that the designer’s bosses knew of his addictions as fraudulent.
The verdict brought to three the number of cases Galliano has lost in French courts since his firing.
In 2011, a criminal court found him guilty of uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults. Last year, a commercial court rejected a separate claim for damages by Galliano’s company, Cheyenne Freedom, following the termination of its consultancy agreements with Christian Dior Couture SA in March 2011.