If you voted for Donald Trump, you may not feel welcomed at Grubhub.
The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, sent a company wide email Wednesday suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump’s behaviors and his campaign rhetoric should resign.
“If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
Maloney, a Hillary Clinton supporter, sent the email Wednesday afternoon with the subject line, “So…that happened…what’s next?” He made it clear in the email statement that he is personally stunned and deeply concerned with the results of Tuesday’s election.
“I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can,” Maloney wrote about Trump’s supporters.
“I want to reaffirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States.”
The CEO made it clear he’s particularly concerned Trump’s victory will empower others in his workplace to act out against marginalized groups.
“While demeaning, insulting, and ridiculing minorities, immigrants, and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior — and these views — have no place at Grubhub,” Maloney explained.
Adding, if it were up to him, Trump would have been fired a long time ago.
“Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
Maloney tells Fox News that “almost 20 percent” of his employees have personally thanked him for the note. “I am not embarrassed by it,” he said.
The CEO said that he deeply respects the right of people to vote for whoever they decide, but that he simply wanted to “reassure our employees that our company will actively support diversity and inclusion — regardless of national politics.”
This letter is noteworthy because it underscores the fine-line between the intersection of politics and business, especially given the divisive presidential campaign of the past year and a half.
Bruce Tulgan, Author of “It’s OK to be the Boss,” calls the letter “extraordinary” because while a CEO has a right to build the kind of corporate culture he or she wants — Tulgan advises business leaders to stay away from politics.
“Much of that message could have been communicated without making direct reference to the election,” Tulgan said of Maloney’s email. “Anytime you are talking about things that are not work at work you’re risking potentially alienating people, making people feel uncomfortable or un-welcomed at work.”
Mark Horstman, co-founder of Manager Tools, says if he were advising Mr. Maloney — he would have recommended he not send the note particularly because he’s the CEO of a public company.
“That note could be construed by his employees that someone who voted for Trump could be fired,” said Horstman, who suspects other CEOs have sent similar notes. “It has a chilling effect on people’s perception of their rights.”
While Maloney seemingly calls out Trump supporters at his company on the one hand, the young CEO boasted about the company’s supportive and inclusive culture on the other, saying he “firmly believes that we must bring together different perspectives.”
Evoking Clinton’s campaign slogan, Maloney says we are “stronger together,” and he ends his letter to his employees by echoing Clinton’s concession speech, saying Trump’s administration deserves our open minds and a chance to lead.
He ends the letter imploring his employees to “stay strong.”
Bryan Llenas currently serves as a New York-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC) and a reporter for Fox News Latino (FNL). He joined FNL in September 2010 and assumed the added position of FNC correspondent in July 2013.
16 thoughts on “Boss says employees who agree with Trump’s rhetoric should resign”
***He ends the letter imploring his employees to “stay strong.”***
For a CEO he isn’t very smart. Doesn’t he know that at least half his employees can’t read English?
He should have typed it in Spanish.
Well…if I’m to old.
Overskilled and can’t find a job that pays a living wage.
I guess I should not work here.
Please sue the company….not the people.
He wants to clear out all Americans. This perceived agenda does not coincide with his cheap labor wetback/Indian/black workforce. What a goy.
WOULD HAVE ANSWERED WITH A LITTLE SLUGGER…. I DONT PUT UP WITH MALONEY BALONEY……
Enough of the fkng kike nametags.
I’m on to u.
I have an alien knocking at my door wanting a sperm sample.
Obviously the psycho control that the MSM and other influences has on this guy is profound.
He clearly states he “rejects” the nationalist politics of Trump….We are a Nation, and I support preserving this Nation. If he does not want a nation then he should move to a country that has no identity. We want our nation to be preserved.
An open mind does not mean open borders. All sovereign nations have borders and demanding recognition of them does NOT mean you are “racist”, as American is not a race. Disregarding said borders illegally only proves you are worthless, feckless or unwilling to change your own problems in your OWN nation, thereby proving your inability to be an asset to ours.
F grubhub and their anti-American policies. They can see how well their company can thrive on burro back from hut to hut south of the U.S. border. Enjoy counting your pesos, mf’s.
Only a mere “20 percent” supported his message (probably all of the illegal immigrants who work for him who are basically the same amount of people who actually support Hitlery) and he is proud of that. What a dumbass.
Like tc said, “he should have typed it in Spanish”.
*** “Much of that message could have been communicated without making direct reference to the election,” Tulgan said of Maloney’s email. ***
Exactly. Or the election could have been referenced without any bias. Why not simply write something like this:
“Due the recent election and associated political controversies in our country, I want to remind all employees to act in a mature and respectful manner toward one another at all times. Disagreements are fine, but they must remain civil. Any verbal or physical abuse of others will be investigated and may result in disciplinary action. We want our work environment to be safe, pleasant, and productive.”
That would cover all the bases, wouldn’t it? Yet as much as the leftists love to condemn “hate” and “intolerance,” this stance applies only to groups leftists deem worthy of special protection: LBGTQRSTUV, blacks, Mexicans, etc. Otherwise, leftists are at least as hateful as anyone else.
This isn’t to deny that most right-wingers don’t also have their sacred cows (e.g., “the troops”) and their own ways of being hypocritical (e.g., they’re “pro-life” except when it comes to supporting wars of aggression in other countries). Unfortunately, there’s plenty of hypocrisy on both sides of mainstream US politics.
Indeed, well said sir.
Sounds like the Soviet Socialist Boss needs to be resigned.
Nice way to lose your company, dope.
“We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
You obviously don’t tolerate the first article of the constitution, either.
This piece of stench should be hanged, because he’s enforcing “political correctness” through the threat of employment termination, all so his illegal labor force doesn’t become offended, and God forbid, he’d actually have to start paying his employees real wages.
BOYCOTT this piece of treasonous garbage into poverty, and when he’s out in the street shaking a cup, don’t even toss him a nickel.
Does this moron even realize what a contradicting hypocrite he is?
We do not tolerate hate, he says in a very hateful e-mail.
You can’t make this stuff up!