Guillaume Rey, a waiter, was terminated from his position for being “aggressive, rude and disrespectful” but has since claimed that his behavior was fine and that he wasn't acting out. He's just... French.
That's right. He filed a complaint of discrimination against the restaurant, which is based in Vancouver, with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal. Rey explained that French culture “tends to be more direct and expressive."
Despite receiving multiple warnings, from both verbal and written performance reviews, Rey continued his negative behavior and didn't change a thing. Thus, he was fired. While he claims he was more direct, the restaurant says he lacked a “direct, honest and professional personality.”
Some people thought the claim was ridiculous. I mean, it's definitely a little out there:
But others agreed that the culture overseas can be a bit rude:
How about Parisians? My experiences haven’t exactly been the most cordial— Danny (@DanboLax) March 27, 2018
And for every person supporting the stereotype, there was someone refuting it:
I've experienced some of the most courteous - and best- service in France— Nic(kel)Odeon (@nicblackshaw) March 27, 2018
Me too! I’ve been to Nice and to Paris. When people ask “were they rude”, I reply “no, but you see lots of Americans who are, and they’re loud too” 🤦♀️— Diane A (@tahoequeen21) March 27, 2018
Regardless of what side people are on, everyone is curious as to what the final decision will be...
A spokesperson for the tribunal said Rey will have a chance to explain his reasoning.