‘Aggressive’ French Waiter Says Getting Fired For Behavior Was ‘Discrimination Against My Culture’

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A French waiter said that getting fired for his behavior at a Vancouver restaurant was a “discrimination against my culture.”

Guillaume Rey, who worked as a waiter at Milestones Restaurant from October 2015 to August 2016, claims that his attitude, which one time left another server “borderline in tears,” was due to cultural differences, the New York Post reported. Rey is currently filing a suit with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal, arguing that many French people are raised with a more aggressive and direct culture than Canadians.

The Canadian restaurant, part of Cara Operations, claims that Rey violated the code of conduct with his “aggressive tone and nature.” Rey was allegedly warned several times but failed to comply with the rules, CBC News reported.

“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,” tribunal member Devyn Cousineau wrote, according to Agence France-Presse. Both Cara Operations and Milestones Restaurant tried to dismiss the complaint. However, Cousineau blocked their application.

Rey claims he got great feedback from guests despite his co-workers’ complaints.

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