GitHub cites ‘errors in judgment’ in dismissal of Jewish employee

Marco Green
January 20, 2021

Furthermore, GitHub says the decision to fire the employee has been reversed.

When an employee of GitHub was sacked after alluding to the fact that Nazis were out and about in Washington, D.C. on Slack on the day of the assault on the U.S. Capitol building, as Business Insider reported on Tuesday, coworkers rallied to his defense, appealing to the Microsoft-owned company. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. "Stay safe homies, Nazis are about", read the message.

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. Another employee had taken offense to the remark, which after consideration was a statement deemed "not conducive to company policy".

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

It appears that the investigation ended badly for the HR chief, who, according to GitHub, took "personal accountability" and stepped down this past Saturday.

"On January 15th, the investigation revealed significant errors of judgment and procedure".

"We grew up saying [Nazi]", the employee wrote in the Slack group, per Business Insider.

On Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pauline said in a statement that a man was photographed in the riots wearing a "Auschwitz camp" shirt.

"It was appalling last week to watch a violent mob, including Nazis and white supremacists, attack the U.S. Capitol", Chief Executive Nat Friedman said in a statement. It was stated that an apology message will be published on the company's blog page at the weekend. With this law firm also defecting the company, an offer was made for the employee to return to work. "Employees are free to express concerns about Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment in internal discussions", GitHub said.

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