“Homophobia Event”: Scrooge fires an employee

Dagobert apologizes to a gay customer who accused it of not providing an inclusive environment and fires an employee after a controversy erupted online.

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In a Facebook post last Sunday, Nicolas Gaudreault claimed he was “shown the door of the Grande Allée” during a visit the previous day with his boyfriend and a friend because “homophobic customers” were disturbed by their presence and their dance moves.


According to his story, a waitress told her to leave “before it ended in a fight,” which outraged several netizens and even artistic figures.

The worker claimed to her employer that she did not ask her to leave the premises but to move to defuse the situation.


Note that she is not accused of speaking homophobic words herself.

Listen to the Kulturchronik with Marika Simard on the microphone by Alexandre Moranville-Ouellet on QUB radio:

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After denouncing “false remarks” and defending his employee in an initial response on social networks, Dagobert made an update on Monday evening.


Instead, on the pretext of checking the facts more carefully, the establishment decided to cut ties with the young woman, who was hired less than a year ago, and apologize for the incidents.

“We’re sorry. Dagobert is a place Mainstream. It’s open to everyone and not made for one type of person, that’s not true. On the contrary, we like to have diversity in our house,” said co-owner Jean-Frédéric Laberge in an interview The newspaper, Tuesday.


Dagobert has fought back for not providing a safe and welcoming environment for members of the LGBT community after allegations were made by a customer.

File photo, Stevens LeBlanc

Dagobert has fought back for not providing a safe and welcoming environment for members of the LGBT community after allegations were made by a customer.

Essentially, the nightclub is blaming its former waitress for not following its guidelines.

According to Mr. Laberge, the situation should have been reported immediately to a manager or security guard, who are more experienced and qualified to respond.

“Serious Misconduct”

If people had behaved homophobicly, they would have been expelled on the spot, he assures. “Not notifying management, not notifying security, that’s a serious mistake.”

As far as Mr Gaudreault’s group is concerned, in his opinion he behaved in an exemplary manner.

However, the co-owner staunchly dismisses the notion that Dagobert is not an inclusive or safe space, saying that diversity has always been part of the place’s DNA.

The club announced that elements of staff training were being revised and that an event would be organized to support the cause of sexual and gender diversity.

It was not possible to speak to Nicolas Gaudreault on Tuesday.

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