The election of Donald Trump apparently has given Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney a bad case of indigestion.
That could be one explanation why Maloney sent a company-wide email this week urging anyone who believed in Trump’s rhetoric to resign immediately.
Naturally, the backlash against the online food delivery service was almost immediate, with the #boycotgrubhub hashtag quickly picking up steam on Twitter. But Maloney now says the words were taken out of context.
Here’s the email Maloney said he sent.
OK, so it’s not like Malone was demanding a resignation from his company’s Trump supporters. But yeah, it’s understandable why Trump supporters are angry.Maloney, though, told Fox News that nearly 20 percent of his employees have personally thanked him for sending the note and that “I am not embarrassed by it.”
He also sent out this statement:
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.
Yet, perhaps an email in which Maloney so haphazardly talks about people resigning wasn’t such a great look. It seems he understands that now.