Was a Waiter Fired for Being Rude or For Being French?

by Evil HR Lady on March 27, 2018

A French waiter, working in Canada was fired for being “aggressive, rude and disrespectful.” That sounds like a great reason to fire a waiter. But Guillaume Rey filed a complaint saying that he was really fired for being French, and that’s just how French people are.

He doesn’t claim that he wasn’t “aggressive, rude, and disrespectful.” He does claim that, as a result of his culture and French training, that he “tends to be more direct and expressive.” Or, as Canadians call it, rude.

I will say, flat out, I don’t know if he will win his complaint, as I don’t know the rules of Canadian employment law, but I think it’s worth discussing. When do we get to claim culture for the way we act, and when do you need to comply with the local culture?

It’s not an easy question, and sometimes we don’t even know to ask it.

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