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Grubhub’s Interesting Choice of Mixing Business With Politics


I am sure a lot of people have read this story about a company called Grubhub who released an official statement in regards to how he believes that anyone who follows certain beliefs of Donald Trump should send in their resignation. The message stated the following:

“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.”

What was he thinking when he sent that out? Not surprisingly he got a lot of backlash about it and people seem to be giving the company bad reviews everywhere based solely on those words.


This seemed to have forced him to issue another statement where he tries and clarifies what he truly meant:

“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 (please see full text below) 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.

Grubhub welcomes and accepts employees with all political beliefs, no matter who they voted for in this or any election. We do not discriminate on the basis of someone’s principles, or political or other beliefs.

I deeply respect the right of all citizens to vote for the candidate of their choice. In fact, I offered extra flexibility on Tuesday and encouraged all our employees to go vote. There is a place for all points of view at Grubhub. We value diverse perspectives and believe those perspectives help to create a better product and a better workplace culture.

Grubhub’s leadership team has worked for years to create a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating. We are better, faster and stronger together, and so is America.

Posted by Matt Maloney, Grubhub CEO

Stay strong,

Personally as an outsider reading that new statement sounded like an attempt to save face in many ways that probably isn’t going to work very well. I was inclined to believe he initially said what he did largely because his state didn’t elect Trump and so it’s like how sometimes a business rides the train to hopefully get more press. It kind of begs the question too, is it ever a good idea to introduce politics into your business like this and to expect all your employees to have your exact same ideals? Many argue too that it’s his business and he has a right to grow with the type of people he feels shares similar values in a sense. But again, is it ever a good idea in this way?

I find that for topics like these people are usually way too emotional. Example, I could change this to a religious person versus a non-religious person and I am not sure how any business could ever operate where you expect everyone to have the same views as to what certain things mean. Going by one’s skill and work ethic just seems so much safer and wiser in many ways.

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