Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 presidential election has divided the country. Democrats have taken to the streets protesting the election results. Some have even started a petition for the Electoral College to vote Hillary Clinton the president.
A Democrat who owns GrubHub, an online food delivery service, took it one step further. The CEO, Matt Maloney, informed his employees that if you voted for trump and agree with his rhetoric, you should resign.
On Wednesday afternoon, Maloney sent a company-wide email with the subject line, “So…that happened…what’s next?” The CEO made it perfectly clear how he feels on the divisive election.
“If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
He added, “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.” The president-elect isn’t even in office yet, and he has liberals shaking in trepidation of the changes to come.
Maloney continued in the lengthy email, “I want to reaffirm 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.”
Maloney emphasized that “almost 20 percent” of his employees have personally thanked him for the note. “I am not embarrassed by it,” he said.
It’s a good thing Mr. Trump doesn’t work for the liberal CEO. “Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.” Maloney told Fox News he values everybody’s right to vote but he wanted to “reassure our employees that our company will actively support diversity and inclusion — regardless of national politics.”
Bruce Tulgan, Author of “It’s OK to be the Boss,” commented on the email, calling it, “extraordinary.” Although a CEO has a right to build the kind of corporate culture he or she wants, Tulgan advises business leaders to stay away from politics.
“Much of that message could have been communicated without making direct reference to the election,” Tulgan said of Maloney’s email. “Anytime you are talking about things that are not working at work you’re risking potentially alienating people, making people feel uncomfortable or un-welcomed at work.”
Channeling his inner “Clinton,” Maloney says we are “stronger together.” He ended his letter by imploring his employees to “stay strong.”