After Donald Trump won the U.S. Election, many company presidents and CEOs emailed their employees to reassure that that, though the president elect had suggested many racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic things, their company would not take advantage of any divisive laws he may pass, and would be welcoming to all employees. The CEO of Grubhub, Matt Maloney, took that idea a few steps further, by saying that anyone who thinks his company should enforce racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, or xenophobia in general should send him their resignation immediately. Some people–Fox News–took that to mean that he wanted all Trump supporters to resign. Maloney says that’s absolutely not the case, but read the comments in full for yourself, and ask yourself what you thought his intention was. I’ve also included highlighted sections if you find the screenshot image that was sent to Fox News hard to read.
“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.”
“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.”
-GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney
Admittedly, such harsh language was a risky move, but it seems clear to me that he wasn’t saying that Trump supporters should resign at all. He was instead stating that anyone who supports racism, xenophobia, and hate should resign. Think about it, if you said “They’re rapists” about Mexican immigrants, insinuated a man couldn’t do a job because of his heritage, and said “Grab them by the pussy” about a female coworker, would you get to keep your job? Of course not. This email simply reaffirms the company’s Human Resources policy: that hatred is not going to be tolerated in the workplace. Maloney wanted to make sure his employees knew that Grubhub would always stand up for their rights and the rights of their users. Unfortunately, a group of people, mostly Trump supporters, it would seem, have taken to Grubhub’s App Store and Google Play store pages to voice their opinions. A few of those are below.
People seemed to assume that Grubhub’s CEO was saying that any Trump supporter should resign, even though he ended his letter with a message of inclusiveness, even for those of different political ideologies. It seems they were unable to separate a vote for Trump with his racism, xenophobia, sexism, and hate. Maloney was simply stating that the hate Trump represents will not be welcome in the Grubhub office. But perhaps he was a bit too hasty and aggravated in his email. Many of us have been upset by Trump’s nomination, but not all of us told coworkers they wouldn’t be welcome at the office if they were hateful towards our other coworkers. Of course, we probably didn’t do that because we don’t have to. The HR department already ensures equal treatment of all customers and employees with their company’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, as well as an equal opportunity employment policy. Knowing discrimination in the office was already disallowed, it was ill-advised for Grubhub’s CEO to tell employees to resign if they support bigotry, but with the passion this election inspired, he could hardly be blamed for wanting to ensure employees know they will be safe and hate will not be tolerated in the office.
Maloney published a press release to Grubhub’s website, stating, “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.” It seems the only people who have a problem with his comments are unable to separate voting for hatred and voting for Trump, and ironically, this seems to be mostly Trump supporters. Perhaps what we’re really seeing here is that Trump supporters don’t like even the possibility of being targeted by someone who doesn’t like them because of what they believe.
Now where I heard that one before?
Sources: The Verge 1 & 2, Fox News