- A Canadian waiter who was fired for being aggressive towards his colleagues says he’s not rude; just French.
- Guillaume Rey’s employer, Milestone Restaurant in Vancouver, says Rey was sacked because of his “aggressive tone and nature” with other staff, which violated workplace policy.
- Rey says he was fired because of his “honest and professional personality”, gained from his many years in the French hospitality industry.
- Rey has filed a complaint at British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal, arguing that his sacking is a form of discrimination against as his culture, as the French tend to be more “direct and expressive”.
- A tribunal member has said that Rey will have to explain what French behaviour might be interpreted as a “violation of workplace standards of acceptable conduct”.
- It must be said that (unlike the grump in my picture) all parties agree that Rey was very friendly and professional with customers.