Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney sent an email to employees Wednesday saying anyone who is against a culture of support and inclusiveness should resign but clarified his comments Thursday saying he “did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for [Donald] Trump.”
The email set off a Twitterstorm one day after the real estate mogul defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the nation’s 45th president.
Maloney’s original email said he was appalled at the comments the president-elect made on the campaign trail “demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled,” and “had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
He said the online and mobile food-ordering company had worked for years to develop a “culture of support and inclusiveness” to include “all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences.”
He said he rejects “the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump,” and any employee who does “not agree with this statement … please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here.”
Maloney said Thursday his statements had 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,” he said.
He said he wrote the original email because the election had “left many of our employees feeling concerned and just wanted to make sure everyone understood the company does not “tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace.”
The reaction to Maloney’s email was swift, sparking calls to boycott Grubhub. The stock fell 4.08 percent in Thursday’s trading to $37.10.
The company has 1,400 employees. It was founded in 2004 and merged with Seamless in May 2013 and has since acquired several smaller competitors. The company went public April 4, 2014.