In his allegation of discrimination, Rey maintains that French culture "tends to be more direct and expressive" and that he adopted such behaviors while training in the French hospitality industry. Still, Rey was reportedly warned repeatedly about how he was treating his coworkers until the fateful day he got the sack following an incident in which he brought a colleague to tears after "aggressively" checking their duties -- a violation of the company's Respect in the Workplace policy.
Both Rey and his former employer agree that he was a top-notch server, often working as the shift lead, and that he got great feedback from guests and was always "very friendly and professional with his tables." Behind the scenes, though, it sounds like he was a straight-up jerk to his coworkers. And frankly, even if he's chalking this all up to his French identity, he should have at least expected to ruffle some feathers with that sort of demeanor in a super-polite place like Canada.