GitHub admits 'significant mistakes were made' in firing employee

20 Janvier, 2021, 00:07 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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According to TechCrunch, by "pattern of behavior that is not conducive to company policy", HR was referring to the fired employee's complaints about the lack of diversity at the leadership level at GitHub.

Slack message he wrote on the day of the uprising: "Stay safe ..."

The head of human resources at GitHub ("Where the world builds software"), the provider of Internet hosting for software development and version control using Git, was apparently forced to resign over the firing of a Jewish employee who warned staffers in Washington, DC they should beware of Nazis.

Amid the outcry, the company opened an investigation with an external investigator.

In the wake of the termination, almost 200 of GitHub's 1,700 employees signed an open letter asking for clarity as to why the employee was sacked.

GitHub ended up hiring an outside firm to investigate the matter, it said in a blog post published Sunday.

In a blog post, GitHub's chief operating officer Erica Brescia said the company had hired an outside investigator to look into the incident and that the investigation had "revealed significant errors of judgment and procedure". Brescia said the tech company is offering the employee his job back.

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GitHub also announced that its head of HR has "taken personal accountability" and resigned on Saturday.

The January 6 riot attracted a wide range of extremist groups who displayed a variety of hate symbols and imagery.

Some rioters proudly displayed their affiliations to these gross ideologies in plain sight, such as the man wearing a Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt.

In his note to employees this weekend, Friedman stressed that employees (which the company calls "hubbers") are allowed to talk about their fears regarding white supremacists. However, it seems the employee has not yet returned to the company as GitHub says it is in talks with his representative.

"Staff are free to express their concerns about Nazism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment in internal discussions", Friedman said in a statement.

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