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Waiter fired for being rude blames his French culture

Waiter fired for being rude blames his French culture

A French waiter has filed a discrimination complaint with Canada's Human Rights Tribunal after his restaurant fired him for being "aggressive, rude, and disrespectful" to customers.

Rey claimed in his discrimination complaint that French culture "tends to be more direct and expressive" and he was sacked for "direct, honest and professional personality" that he acquired during his training in France's hospitality industry.

The ex-waiter added his "direct, honest and professional" behaviour and "strong work ethic" had been drummed into him at French hospitality school.

He's just French, Guillaume Rey says in a discrimination complaint filed with British Columbia's Human Rights Tribunal, reported France 24.

The eatery said it terminated Rey for his "aggressive tone and nature" toward colleagues.

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The restaurant says Mr Rey was finally fired when another waiter was left "borderline in tears" over a workplace disagreement.

In a ruling dated March 7, tribunal member Devyn Cousineau says both sides agree Rey's behaviour at work led to his termination, but nearly everything else is in dispute.

'Mr Rey will have to explain what it is about his French heritage that would result in behavior that people misinterpret as a violation of workplace standards of acceptable conduct, ' she wrote in her decision.

The Daily Telegraph writes that the French authorities are "aware" of the country's "reputation for rudeness", adding that in 2015 the tourist board of France launched a "multi-million-euro drive to improve their hard relationship with service and by extension our relation to others".

French workers often experienced cultural differences while working in B.C., according to Julien Mainguy, the co-founder of B.C. Talents, a firm that helps workers find jobs in the country. "Most of the French-speaking people from Europe, they tend to be very direct".


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