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'Faggot' slur against gay hairdresser 'not homophobic', French court rules

A hairdresser took his employer to tribunal when he received a misfired text calling him a 'dirty faggot'.

A tribunal has sparked outrage in France after it ruled that a hair salon boss was not homophobic when he called a gay employee a "dirty faggot" in a text message sacking him.

The court said that the text message, which contained the French term "sale PD", a slur translating to "dirty faggot" was hurtful rather than homophobic and unlawfully discriminatory.

In its summing up, the tribunal said that the text, sent in error by the manager, was not homophobic "in the context of the hairdressing milieu".

The hairdresser, who was sacked for not being 'competent professionally', took his boss to the Paris employment tribunal for unfair dismissal claiming the message showed his boss's homophobia contributed to him being fired.

France's labour minister, Myriam el Khomri said the judgement was 'scandalous'.

France's labour minister, Myriam el Khomri criticised the decision on Friday, saying that the judgement was "scandalous".

"I can only imagine that the person discriminated against will lodge an appeal. It's very shocking," she said.

Slimane Laoufi of the French rights watchdog, Defender of Rights, also slammed the decision.

"We wonder who in 2016 one can still write such things in a court's decision," he said.

Putting itself in the context of the hairdressing milieu, the tribunal considers that the term 'PD' used by the manager cannot be construed as homophobic because it is known that hairdressing salons regularly employ homosexual people, notably in women's hairdressing salons, without encountering problems.

– Tribunal ruling