Grubhub CEO Tells Employees to Resign if They Agree With Trump’s Xenophobic Views, Leading to Service Boycott
Last week, the CEO and co-founder of Grubhub, Matt Maloney, sent a company-wide email to his employees with a statement about the recent election: If any employees agree with Donald Trump’s xenophobic views, they do not have a place at Grubhub.
“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 in the email.
Maloney told Fox News that “almost 20 percent” of Grubhub employees personally thanked him for the email.
Although Maloney said that the company has worked to cultivate a “culture of support and inclusiveness,” the mixing of business and political views caused a stir on social media.
People took to Twitter to call for a boycott of Grubhub services with the hashtag “#boycottgrubhub” trending Fox Business reported.
In addition to the boycott, the company saw a 4.8 percent drop in stock value last Friday and an overall 1.5 out of 5 stars with negative reviews on the iPhone App store, according to the New York Post.
Maloney said in a press release on Nov. 10 saying that some statements in his post-election email have been misinterpreted.
“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,” Maloney said. “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.”