Donald Trump’s election may have gone down a treat with Russia’s Vladimir Putin but it has stuck in the throat of one chief executive. And GrubHub’s CEO Matt Maloney didn’t mince his words, in a forthright anti-Trump email to all employees at the online food firm that he founded and runs.
First, he told his employees that had Trump worked for him, he would have been fired already. And Maloney went on to invite any employees who had an appetite for following in Trump’s footsteps to take a hike or risk being fired themselves.
In the wake of Trump’s outbursts on the campaign trail – in which the president-elect mocked and attacked minorities, immigrants and the disabled – Maloney said, “Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
Maloney didn’t stop there – and advised his own staff that anyone intent on peddling similar sentiments had no place in the company. The boss said that he would not take action against employees for voting for Trump. But he warned that anyone thinking of replicating his “hateful statements” inside GrubHub might as well resign immediately.
In the company-wide email he said bluntly, “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 those views – have no place at GrubHub.”
“I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone 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.”
When Fox News republished Maloney’s email they suggested that Maloney had demanded that all Trump voters quit the company, an allegation which Maloney strongly denied.