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Gay hairdressers can legally be called "faggots" in France

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By Catherine Hardy
Gay hairdressers can legally be called "faggots" in France

<ul> <li>Stylist mistakenly received a text in which the word was used to refer to him</li> <li>Brought an unfair dismissal claim</li> <li>Plans to appeal the decision <p></li> </ul> <h3><strong>The news</strong></h3> </p> <p>An employment tribunal in Paris has decided calling a male hairdresser a “faggot” is not homophobic.</p> <p>The tribunal says this is “because hair salons regularly employ gay people”.</p> <p>The case concerns a stylist who was sacked after not turning up for work due to sickness.</p> <p>He launched a claim for unfair dismissal after the boss of the salon mistakenly sent him a text in which the word was used to refer to him.</p> <p>The tribunal agreed the term used was insulting.</p> <p>However, it decided it could not be considered discriminatory.</p> <p>The employee, who wants to remain anonymous, was awarded 5,000 euros.</p> <p>He plans to appeal the decision. <p></p> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So many out of touch with the real world – <span class="caps">BBC</span> News: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gay?src=hash">#Gay</a> slur aimed at hairdresser 'not homophobic' – French ruling <a href="https://t.co/3UkYRNTbhT">https://t.co/3UkYRNTbhT</a></p>— Kevin Maxwell (@kevin_maxwell) <a href="https://twitter.com/kevin_maxwell/status/718432258940657664">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When is a homophobic insult not homophobic? When the target of it is possibly gay. Truly bizarre legal reasoning: <a href="https://t.co/7eFbMjXmgP">https://t.co/7eFbMjXmgP</a></p>— Tony McEnery (@TonyMcEnery) <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyMcEnery/status/718468658805219328">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gay slur aimed at hairdresser 'not homophobic' – French ruling – <a href="https://t.co/6R0LPUPOJm">https://t.co/6R0LPUPOJm</a><br /> What a ridiculous decision!</p>— Ally (@ally_howel) <a href="https://twitter.com/ally_howel/status/718487665222541312">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>