Grubhub CEO faces backlash for anti-Trump message to employees

Grubhub shares were down more than 4 percent during trading Friday after the company’s CEO Matt Maloney fumbled when he addressed the presidential election results with his employees.

In an email to employees Wednesday with the subject line “So… that happened … what next,” Maloney said that his Chicago-based food-delivery company would not accept behavior from its employees that President-elect Donald Trump exhibited during the campaign.

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.

He ended with what was widely interpreted as a threat:

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.

FoxNews.com published the email and critics accused Maloney of saying that if  an employee voted for Trump, they should resign. A hashtag #boycott grubhub took off.

Maloney put out a second message Thursday saying that he was “misconstrued” and would not punish an employee for voting for Trump:

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.

Many tech leaders, such as Tim Cook of Apple,  have sent messages to their employees post election. Some have called for the tech industry or California to secede from the nation, something I said was a mistake in a column.

Most have called for unity or pointed out some of the factors that had played in Trump’s victory.

Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia, tweeted:

Brad Smith, the president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, said in a blog post:

First and foremost, the vote yesterday registered a strong concern about the plight of those who feel left out and left behind.

The Grubhub controversy shows that in this post-election climate, corporate leaders have to strike the right note — yeah unity! — when they communicate with employees, customers and partners.

Photo: Matt Maloney, chief executive of Grubhub. (Richard Drew/AP)

 

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  • Bob Costas

    I am shocked people use such a stupid service, totally unnecessary, hence overpriced. The DOJ better investigate this ignorant douchebags bigotry and oppression. Guess he proves you can be successful and a sack of shlt at the same time.

  • Cricket

    “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.”

    Isn’t that exactly what you did Mr.Meloney or are you just full of Baloney?

    • Villaman Noel

      The message at the end was ‘if you do not agree with me, get out of here.” We are free to like what others don’t and walk free.

  • RegularGuy55

    Remember, the libtards kept comparing Trump to Hitler. Now we see a CEO ready to ‘purge’ workers who don’t think and vote the way he wants them to. Doesn’t that seem awfully ‘Nazi-esque’?

    • Jeff Utz, M.D.

      All I saw is a CEO who won’t tolerate hatred. It had nothing to do with whom someone voted, but the hateful policies of Trump. If you don’t recall them, you can start with his comments about the judge who is hearing the Trump U. Case.

      • Darrell Neubauer

        Shut up,were not blind we all saw what He said and really meant,get over it utzie

        • Jeff Utz, M.D.

          I saw exactly what was reported in the article. I am seem to have touched a nerve. What is missing is the full text of his message. Thank you for showing why it is important to listen to people, why it is important to think about what people are saying, and why it is important to do your own research to learn about what really happened. And thank you for the lesson on remaining calm and not calling people names, but rather, treat people with respect, as I have treated you. His actual text:

          SUBJECT: So… that happened… what’s next?
          I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night. Clearly there are a lot of people angry and scared as the antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president.
          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.
          We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating – including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.
          Further 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. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm 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.
          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. I want to repeat what Hillary said this morning, that the new administration deserves our open minds and a chance to lead, but never stop believing that the fight for what’s right is worth it.
          Stay strong, Matt

          That’s what he actually said.

          Have a great day,

          Jeff

      • RegularGuy55

        Nice try, but deflecting this employee purge back onto Trump won’t fly. I don’t care how you disguise the rhetoric, the message is clear. Vote the way I want you to, think the way I want you to, or your job is in jeopardy.

        • Jeff Utz, M.D.

          I have to disagree with you. He said that there was a lot of hateful things said during the campaign, and that type of hatred has no place in the work place. He didn’t say that you have to agree with him, only that you have to show respect toward everyone. That would include Trump voters.

          You should read the CEO’s full message.

          Have a great day!

          Jeff

  • Jose Montana

    only the weak use his site, it is obvious who his constituency is. PS is this not a violation of his oppressed employees rights?

  • Jeff Utz, M.D.

    Before you judge him, you should read the full message. I think this is a case Fox News blowing something way out of proportion. The full message:

    SUBJECT: So… that happened… what’s next?
    I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night. Clearly there are a lot of people angry and scared as the antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president.
    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.
    We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating – including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.
    Further 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. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm 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.
    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. I want to repeat what Hillary said this morning, that the new administration deserves our open minds and a chance to lead, but never stop believing that the fight for what’s right is worth it.
    Stay strong, Matt

 
 
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