GitHub HR President Resigns After Investigation into Expelling a Jewish Employee

Trump supporters stand on the armored US Capitol Police vehicle as others take the steps of the Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, as Congress works to validate the votes of the Electoral College.

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Microsoft-owned GitHub, a code-sharing site for software developers, said Sunday that the company’s chief human resources had resigned after an investigation into the company’s firing of a Jewish employee found “major errors in judgment and procedures.”

On January 8, GitHub fired one of its employees after he expressed concern about colleagues in Washington, D.C. As a violent mob Support the president Donald Trump I stormed the US Capitol. The terminated employee He told TechCrunch in an interview On Friday he posted that he had made a comment in Slack saying, “Stay safe, my friends, the Nazis are about.”

GitHub employees raised concerns about why the company would fire an employee immediately, according to a statement by COO Erica Brescia. Brescia said, after an independent investigation, the company found “serious errors in judgment and procedures” regarding the employee’s dismissal.

“Our head of human resources has assumed personal responsibility and resigned from Github on Saturday morning, January 16,” Brescia said. Sunday blog post. The company did not disclose the name of the chief human resources officer who resigned, except that Carrie Olsen served first.

A company spokesperson was not immediately available to comment. Brescia said GitHub “immediately reversed” its decision to separate from the employee “and is in contact with his representative.”

“To the employee, we would like to say publicly: We sincerely apologize,” Brescia said.

The company’s CEO, Nat Friedman, admitted in this position that the violent gangs included “Nazis and white supremacists”.

On Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pauline said in a statement that a man was photographed in the riots wearing a “Auschwitz camp” shirt. Reported by NBC News. Photo of a rioter holding the Confederate Battle Flag in the halls of the Capitol He was also arrested The next day.

“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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