Paris tribunal: Use of gay slur ‘P.D.’ about employee is insulting, but not discriminatory

Paris tribunal: Use of gay slur ‘P.D.’ about employee is insulting, but not discriminatory
Allons, enfants de la Patrie! (Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People)

[Ed. – Notice the debonair manner in which we get around dragging in the unseemly “f” word.  No, the other unseemly “f” word; the one with six letters.  “P.D.,” initials which sound a bit like “payday” when pronounced by French speakers, is the French slang equivalent of the six-letter “f” word.  It’s short for pédéraste.  You can take it from there.  Oh, and civilization is in the best of hands.]

A Paris tribunal has ruled that calling a male hairdresser a “fa**ot” is not homophobic – “because hair salons regularly employ gay people”.

The case relates to an employee at a salon who was fired after failing to turn up for work while sick.

His boss accidentally sent him a text using the slur, so the hairdresser took him to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal.

French Labour Minister Myriam el Khomri called the judgement “shocking”. …

In the reasoning, the tribunal said: “If we put it in the context of the field of hairdressing, the council considers that the term ‘fa**ot’ used by a manager cannot be considered as a homophobic insult, because hair salons regularly employ gay people, notably in female hairdressers, and that poses no problem at all.”

It agreed the word was insulting, but it fell short of being considered discriminatory.

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