Matt Maloney, the anti-Trump CEO of Grubhub, didn't mince words in a post-election email that was sent out to his entire company. Reportedly, the food delivery service's anti-Trump CEO wasn't pleased with Donald Trump's unexpected presidential victory, and he reached out to his employees on Wednesday to reassure them that Grubhub would remain a safe, tolerant, inclusive place to work for those who feel disenfranchised by President-elect Trump's rhetoric and potential policies.But, as Fox News reports, anti-Trump Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney didn't stop there. In addition to reassuring his progressive employees that Grubhub had their collective backs, Maloney tore into Donald Trump and his campaign platform. And called out any and all Grubhub employees that might be on the "Trump Train."
"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."Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney equated support of Donald Trump and his proposed policies as having a "hateful attitude," and went on to say that such attitudes have no place at Grubhub. The company's anti-Trump CEO suggested that Trump supporters, Trump voters, or even those who agree with Trump's social stances should resign from Grubhub. Effective immediately.
"If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."Grubhub's anti-Trump CEO Matt Maloney spent a good portion of his company-wide email reassuring and supporting minority and/or potentially marginalized Grubhub employees. Employees Maloney believes fall into groups targeted by Trump's "hateful" campaign rhetoric. According to the Grubhub CEO, he's worried that Donald Trump's unexpected rise to presidential power will give some of his employees the impression that they can harass, act out against, or otherwise terrorize marginalized groups in his employ.
"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 of Grubhub went on to call out President-elect Trump's campaign strategies, which included demeaning and ridiculing certain groups of people. Matt Maloney expressed incredulity in his email that such hateful rhetoric resulted in campaign success for Trump, and was clear that such behavior would mot be tolerated at Grubhub or by Grubhub employees. In fact, CEO Maloney indicated that if he were Donald Trump's boss, Trump would have been out of the job a very long time ago. And certainly not president-elect of the United States.
"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. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination."
Not surprisingly, when the contents of the email sent out by anti-Trump Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney went public, not everyone was happy with the boss's decision to get political with his employees. A massive call for a boycott (#BoycottGrubhub) has taken over Twitter. For Maloney's part, he doesn't seem to care what Trump supporters think, and he is standing by his statement. He reportedly told the media that nearly 20 percent of his employees have already "personally thanked him" for the email. An email supportive of progressive values in the midst of an unexpected Democratic White House loss.
The Grubhub CEO went on to say that, "I am not embarrassed by it," referring to the controversial email.
"[I wanted to] reassure our employees that our company will actively support diversity and inclusion -- regardless of national politics."Some critics of the Grubhub email have warned that it could potentially have the effect of making Trump-supporting employees feel uncomfortable at their place of employment. Mark Horstman, the co-founder of Manager Tools, thinks that the anti-Trump Grubhub CEO's email could be a real problem for employees that support Donald Trump, even making some of them fear for their continued employment or wonder about their rights as voting Americans.
"That note could be construed by his employees that someone who voted for Trump could be fired. It has a chilling effect on people's perception of their rights."
Anti-Trump Maloney even used Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan within his controversial email, saying we are "stronger together" and closing the communication with a heartfelt "stay strong."
Update: After numerous outlets began reporting on this story, the Grubhub CEO issued a blog post to help clarify some of the statements contained in his email.
"This year's presidential election was undoubtedly divisive and left many of our employees feeling concerned. In response, I wrote a company-wide email that was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance -- regardless of political affiliation -- during this time of transition for our country.
"Some of the statements in my email have been misconstrued. I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump. I would never make such a demand. To the contrary, the message of the email is that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace, and that we will stand up for our employees.
"Grubhub welcomes and accepts employees with all political beliefs, no matter who they voted for in this or any election. We do not discriminate on the basis of someone's principles, or political or other beliefs.
"I deeply respect the right of all citizens to vote for the candidate of their choice. In fact, I offered extra flexibility on Tuesday and encouraged all our employees to go vote. There is a place for all points of view at Grubhub. We value diverse perspectives and believe those perspectives help to create a better product and a better workplace culture.
"Grubhub's leadership team has worked for years to create a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating. We are better, faster and stronger together, and so is America."
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