The CEO of GrubHub, Matt Maloney, sent out a hateful and intolerant company-wide email to company employees requesting that they resign immediately if they voted for Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday.
“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 after it became clear that Democrat Hillary Clinton was going to be upset in historic fashion, as FOX News reported on Thursday.
The CEO of GrubHub, an online food delivery service app headquartered in the Chicago, further stated to his employees that, ‘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.”
Apparently, like most closed-minded progressive leftists, Maloney — an admitted supporter of scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton (shocker) — thinks that hating on and threatening employees who didn’t vote for his candidate are part of being “inclusive” and “tolerant.” FOX reported:
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.
GrubHub is a publicly-traded company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GRUB.
After outrage began to pour in over Maloney’s ridiculous email, Maloney issued a half-assed non-apology, claiming in a pure Orwellian fashion that the company stands for “inclusiveness,” that people misconstrued his email, and closed it using Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “Stronger Together” in the final sentence.
On Twitter, many called for a boycott of the company, so much so that the hashtag #BoycottGrubHub was a top trending topic. Here are a few of the responses, with many calling out Maloney as a hypocrite:
"Trump is an intolerant bigot," they said as they fired employees for voting Trump. #boycottgrubhub
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) November 11, 2016
— Henry (@hmaxwellpitts) November 11, 2016
And, as one Twitter user, Townhall.com columnist Kurt Schlichter pointed out, there could possibly be legal ramifications for GrubHub:
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) November 11, 2016