This is how American companies should deal with hate and bigotry in the wake of Trump’s election.
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory of Tuesday night, millions of Americans took to the streets in fear for their lives and futures to protest Trump.
People are genuinely scared that Donald Trump will actually follow through on all of his threats to round people up by the millions and deport them or close America off from the rest of the world. His thirst for revenge and support of white supremacists who are now emboldened by his win are also frightening.
That’s why GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney issued an email on Wednesday to his employees telling them that they should resign immediately if they are hateful bigots who disagree with his policy of inclusiveness.
“I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night,” Maloney wrote. “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.
In short, bigotry and hate won’t be tolerated by Maloney’s company, and that’s a fantastic message to send at a time when people are genuinely in fear of their safety and well-being because Trump’s brownshirts think they can do whatever they want now.
After being accused of discriminating against employees just because they voted for Trump, Maloney released a second message making it clear that he doesn’t care how his employees vote. He just cares that they treat each other with respect and like fellow Americans.
This year’s presidential election was undoubtedly divisive and left many of our employees feeling concerned. In response, I wrote a company-wide email that was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance — regardless of political affiliation — during this time of transition for our country.
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.
So Trump supporters should take this as a warning. They cannot use Trump’s victory as an excuse to discriminate against and attack others for being gay or Hispanic or Muslim or black or a woman and get away with it. There should be and are consequences for such behavior and GrubHub’s message should be echoed by every corporation and business in America. If Trump really wants unity, his supporters should be the first to demonstrate it. And if they refuse, have fun in the unemployment line. Because while Maloney can’t fire employees for the way they vote, he sure as hell can fire them for treating people like shit.
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