In an email to his staff, Matt Maloney, the CEO of the popular food delivery service GrubHub, appeared to ask Trump supporters on his staff to resign immediately, because “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
Maloney sent the email to all GrubHub employees Wednesday afternoon with the subject line, “So…that happened…what’s next?” He called the election results, “demeaning” and noted that many of Trump’s comments during the campaign would have resulted in “immediate termination” within the company.
“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 continued.
Then Maloney appeared to crack down on his employees who might support the President-elect, telling his colleagues that anyone who disagreed with his sentiments should respond to his email with their resignation letter.
“If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” Maloney wrote. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.” He went on to couch his statement by saying that he accepts Hillary Clinton’s exhortation that Americans should give the new administration a chance, but he didn’t walk back his request.
He later claimed to Fox News that “20%” of his team had expressed their support for his position, but refused to say how many of his employees have resigned in the wake of his emotional missive – if any.
The message, of course, could be read as discriminatory, and GrubHub took to Twitter on Thursday to attempt to mitigate any legal liability from the statement.
To be clear, GrubHub does not tolerate hate and we are proud of all our employees – even those who voted for Trump. https://t.co/rY2br31fJJ
— Matt Maloney (@M3aloney) November 10, 2016
But it was too little too late. A #BoycottGrubhub hashtag appeared Thursday afternoon on Twitter, driven by Trump supporters.
— MuRkMoNsT3R (@MuRk_MoNsT3R) November 10, 2016
— Officer Cynical (@OfficerCynical) November 10, 2016
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 10, 2016
GrubHub’s shares also fell almost a dollar on the news — and on the news that Facebook is launching a food delivery service designed to compete with GrubHub’s online interface.
Update: GrubHub provided Heat Street with a statement from Maloney Thursday evening clarifying their CEO’s position. We have updated our story accordingly.
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.
Despite these efforts at explanation, the #BoycottGrubHub movement seems to be gaining steam on Twitter.
The #BoycottGrubHub hashtag was trending late Thursday night, and high-profile Trump supporters were jumping on board, deleting their GrubHub apps and even offering free legal advice to GrubHub employees.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) November 10, 2016
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) November 11, 2016
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) November 11, 2016
Other information on Maloney seems to have come to light, as well. According to SEC documents, filed by GrubHub on Monday, Maloney divested himself of thousands of shares of GrubHub common stock just before the election.