Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Weaponization of Politics Reaches the Workplace

Once again the failed state of California shows the way

If you have had food delivered to your home or office from a favorite restaurant that doesn't offer in-house delivery service, chances are you've used a service called GrubHub.

Following Donald Trump's victory, Grubhub's CEO and Democratic donor Matt Maloney sent an email to the more than 1,000 employees the next day that read in part:

"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.
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."

Some employees said they got the impression they were not welcome at Grubhub if they supported Trump. On Friday Mahoney insisted his email was "misconstrued, technology-based." But that sounds more like damage control than anything else.

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