GrubHub’s CEO Says He Didn’t Ask Trump Supporters to Quit

November 11, 2016, 4:16 PM UTC
Matt Maloney speaks onstage at The Disruptors panel during The New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference 2016 on September 28, 2016.
Photograph by Neilson Barnard—Getty Images for New York Times

GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney has gotten a lot of flack since he sent out an anti-Trump email to employees Wednesday.

That’s because his email, which he sent following Donald Trump’s presidential election win Tuesday night, seemed to call for the resignations of the candidate’s supporters. But on Thursday, Maloney denied this in a blog post that also published the email in question.

“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, who supported Hillary Clinton, wrote. “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.”

While Maloney did not call specifically for the resignation of Trump supporters in his letter, he did call for the resignations of those with “hateful attitudes.”

Those “hateful attitudes” call to mind Trump’s views and behaviors regarding minorities, immigrants, and the disabled, which Maloney said have “no place at GrubHub.” Maloney also denounced Trump’s nationalist, anti-immigrant, and “hateful politics.”

“If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” he wrote near the end of the email. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”


Here’s the email that Maloney sent to his workers, in full, as published by GrubHub’s blog late Thursday. Fortune has added emphasis to the paragraphs in question:

SUBJECT: So… that happened… what’s next?

I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night. Clearly there are a lot of people angry and scared as the antithesis of every modern presidential candidate won and will be our next president.

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.

We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating – including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.

Further 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.

Stay strong, Matt

As of this writing, shares of GrubHub were down 3.8% Friday morning.

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