Air Canada Loses Lawsuit Over Stewardess Failing To Speak In 'Mother Tongue'
The Thibodeau's lawsuit was based largely on being unable to find an agent who spoke French and a baggage announcement that was made only in English when they were traveling from Ottawa to the United States. The couple was seeking $500,000 Canadian in damages.
The carrier, it should be noted, must communicate in both English and French when there is demand.
An important note: Mr. Thibodeau speaks English fluently.
Thibodeau has a history of being litigious. He sued an Ottawa bus company in 2002 because the bus driver said "Hello" not "Bonjour."
It would be easy to chalk this up to one Quebecois being a jerk, but there are actually political groups that cheered the Thibodeau's victory in court. It really is a different world up there.
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