After Donald Trump was elected president last week, CEO of online food delivery service Grubhub, Matt Maloney, sent a company wide email last Wednesday saying he is still trying to reconcile his own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night.
“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,” he wrote to his employees.
He also wrote in the letter “because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team”, sparking concerns that he is threatening to fire staff who voted for Trump.
Some workers at the company said they were left with the impression they weren’t welcome if they supported Trump.
The email was a public relations disaster, giving rise to a massive social media boycott. GrubHub app store reviews plummet after the anti-Trump memo.
“I just heard about your CEO’s leaked memo regarding president-elect Trump. While his opinion is his prerogative, to assert that his employees should resign if they supported Trump is mean and manipulative,” posted one user in a review titled “I’ll never use GrubHub again.”
“Worst business ever. Wouldn’t buy anything from them or follow them because they hate half of America,” reads another one App Store one-star review.
In response to the public outcry, Maloney posted another open letter entitled “Inclusion and Tolerance in the Workplace” last Friday. He said his comments were 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.” he wrote.