Monday, October 11, 2004

Gay Man Awarded $1,000 Over 'Fifi' remark

Gay man awarded $1,000 for 'fifi' comment
Last Updated Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:31:31 EDT

MONTREAL - A gay man who was called a "fifi" by a used car salesman has been
awarded $1,000 by Quebec's Human Rights Tribunal.

The man's name can't be revealed because of a publication ban.

The man told the judge he felt dehumanized, humiliated and degraded by the
comment, which happened in November 2001 at Roger Poirier Automobile in
Sorel, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The salesman, Marcel Bardier, used "discriminatory words in regard to [the
complainant], by revealing his sexual orientation in hurtful and vexatious
terms," wrote Judge Michele Pauze in her decision, according to the Montreal
Gazette.

"Calling someone a `fifi' constitutes a scornful way of referring to
homosexuals. The use of this term wounds and adds to the disgrace and lack
of respect of human dignity a person [can suffer], homosexuals in
particular."

In addition to the $1,000 in "moral damages," the car salesman and his
employer must also pay interest and expenses.