The CEO of online grocery delivery service GrubHub told his employees that if they supported Donald Trump, they are not welcome.
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.
Matt Maloney, co-founder of the company, sent an email with the subject “So…that happened…what’s next?” and told his employees “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 reaffirm 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.
Trump hasn’t even been inaugurated yet and there they are purging employees. If a CEO had done this in 2008 he would have been pressured (forced) to resign immediately as a racist pig. The left still hasn’t accepted that 59 million people voted for Trump, and that he won the election.
On the social media Q&A site Quora, one writer posted this:
I got fired for supporting Trump at a company in Silicon Valley. Where do I go from here? (NOT GRUB HUB)
Team talking about politics, not paying close attention to why, working as an SWE, one asks who I voted, I said trump without paying attention to why, he got up & called me racist, led to domino effect calling me sexist, anti-semetic, team gathered around screaming, got fired. Don’t know what to do.
A range of answers came back. Unfortunately, in California, you can be fired for just about anything, and the best you can get is an unemployment check.
First the bad news. In most states, you can be fired. It is, despite what some other folks are saying, not generally illegal. The reason it is not illegal is because while you have the freedom to vote for whomever you like, private employers have the right of freedom of association under the First Amendment, which makes them allowed to fire people for their political views and for whom they support, barring some limitations.
However, that does not mean that what happened to you was correct, legally speaking. There are laws in California related to this issue, and the specifics of what happened will impact whether your employer is liable. I strongly suggest that you look for an employment law attorney as soon as possible.
I am sorry to say I don’t think this will be the only case we hear of this. I am also sorry this happened to you. I do not believe people should be fired because they voted for someone.
It won’t be the only case. The purges have begun.