Friday, November 11, 2016

Grub Hub Deserves This Fallout

So, Grub Hub's CEO has sent out two press releases. The one at the bottom there is then attempted to be walked back by the one at the top.

When asked, Grub Hub sent me a stock reply, because I was wondering what they'd do now that a CEO had insulted about 50% of the country and told them they weren't welcome at Grub Hub any more. Their response was:

"At Grubhub, we welcome and accept 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 otherwise. The message was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance -- regardless of political affiliation -- during this time of transition for our country."

Unfortunately, the plain text reading of the first press release does not work that way. If it was a message about tolerance and inclusion, there was no reason to start with: "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. "

This was a personal message from the boss to the employees about what the boss felt. That's made clear further on, when he states that he needs to reconcile how he felt.

I'm not convinced Trump will be a good president, but I read that and I see someone who is clearly basing what they are saying on the politician. We then make it clear that it is the vote that mattered to Malone: "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. "

Malone then says: "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here."

Assuming he is not lying to us about these things, the train of thought is this:

1. Last night, a hateful bigot was elected.

2. We're still trying to understand what voting that bigot meant to us, but don't worry; Grub Hub will protect people who feel endangered by that vote.

3. If you do not agree with the above statement [that people need to protected from how the country, and potentially you voted], then resign.

There's no middle ground. You told people that the way the country voted is terrifying, bigoted and that it harmed the dignity and rights of your workers. And then, you say that anyone who disagrees needs to resign. Obviously if someone voted FOR Trump, they don't agree that their vote is a terrifying thing, that they have voted for someone who will destroy the lives of their friends and co-workers.

There's no way to read this as anything but asking for the walking papers of every Trump supporter at Grub Hub. Politics has its place, but its place is not in discriminating against your employees for their political preferences.

We've seen in the past several years people get run out of companies for significantly more minor comments. In this case, threatening your workforce with termination if they have different political beliefs than you, in many states is a crime.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot [or the boot on the other neck, mattering how you want to view this], I wonder if the media will call for Grub Hub to renounce and denounce this CEO like they've done in the past. Remember: At least one CEO was hounded out of a company for what should have been an anonymous political donation; this was a public message warning that the company would like to see you purged from its employment.

Let's see which people consider more important.

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