DIOR COMES OUT VICTORIOUS; GALLIANO LOSES SUIT AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYER
John Galliano, former creative director at Christian Dior, thought he would come out on top in a fashion suit worth multi-millions. The fifty-four year-old fashion designer was axed in March 2011 by Dior after a highly publicized anti-Semitic attack in which he made bold statements such as “Jews should be gassed.” Galliano was filmed speaking these words to two Italian women in December 2010.
I guess the saying “think before you speak” was not of importance to Galliano. The video shows Galliano stating his love for Adolf Hitler in addition to telling people he believed if they were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. Attributing this outburst to his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Galliano upon termination from Dior filed a law suit in Paris against the fashion house for “unfair dismissal.” He demanded Dior pay him loss of earnings totaling US$16 million.
“I can’t let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this,” Galliano told the court. “During these years as creative director of [Dior], I did not realize that its success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health.”
The final decision was released by a Paris employment court on Tuesday siding in favor of Dior and ordering Galliano pay Dior a symbolic €1. It is unknown at this time if Galliano will appeal the decision. Paris-based Maison Martin Margiela has hired Galliano in October as creative director.
Galliano claims that Dior knew about his addictions; however, does this constitute a free pass for poor behavior? What are your thoughts on employee brand representation in a case like this?by