Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2016

GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney emails staff bashing Trump, threatens ‘like-minded’ staff, stock drops

On Wednesday, in the wake of Election Day, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney wrote and sent out a mass email to his thousands of employees concerning the election of Donald Trump and their party affiliation and support.

In the email, he asks that Trump supporters submit letters of resignation: “I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump … If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here.” GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney.

In Maloney’s email titled “Inclusion and Tolerance in the WorkplaceOpens a New Window.,” he wrote that “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,”

photo/ donkey hotey

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“Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”

Maloney’s offered a non-apology: “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.”

Michael Theodore of the Illinois Department of Human Rights offered an answer, telling Chicago City Wire that “political affiliation is not a protected class under the Illinois Human Rights Act.”

Theodore said classes protected in Illinois under state law include “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, military status, order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, unfavorable military discharge, and physical and mental disability.”

Kent Sezer, attorney for Neal and Leroy, LLC, commented on this action and told Chicago City Wire: “In general, private-sector employers may discriminate on the basis of political belief. The First Amendment applies only to public employees.”

GrubHub falls under the classification of a public business because they have company stocks that can be traded by and with the public.

Since the email on Wednesday, GrubHub’s stock price has dropped 5 percent.

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