(JTA) — A French labor relations court agreed to hear designer John Galliano’s case against Christian Dior, which fired him for making anti-Semitic remarks.
The decision to hear the case came in response to Galliano’s filing of an $18.7 million lawsuit against Dior.
Monday’s hearing revealed that Galliano earned $7.7 million annually in several positions at Dior as well as from his own designer label. He was employed by Dior for 15 years.
Dior fired Galliano, a British national, in March 2011 after he was filmed making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar. Galliano stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.
A French court ruled in September 2011 that Galliano in several incidents had made "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity."