GitHub’s hiring supervisor resigns after investigations into dismissing a Jewish worker

Trump supporters stand on top of the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle while others take the Capitol’s steps on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 as Congress works to validate the electoral college’s votes.

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Microsoft’s GitHub, the code-sharing site for software developers, said Sunday that the company’s human resources director resigned after an investigation into the company’s dismissal of a Jewish employee found “significant errors in assessment and procedure”.

On Jan. 8, GitHub fired one of its employees after expressing concern about colleagues in Washington DC when a violent mob backing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The resigned employee told TechCrunch in an interview posted on Friday that he made a comment on Slack saying, “Stay safe, homies, Nazis are roughly.”

According to a statement by Erica Brescia, chief operating officer, colleagues at GitHub raised concerns about why the company fired the employee immediately afterwards. After an independent investigation, the company found “significant errors of judgment and procedural errors” regarding the worker’s dismissal, Brescia said.

“Our HR director took personal responsibility yesterday morning, Saturday January 16, and stepped down from GitHub,” said Brescia in a blog post on Sunday. The company did not reveal the name of the resigned hiring director, but Carrie Olesen has served at the helm.

A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Conferderate battle flag on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate on January 6, 2021 in Washington after breaking security.

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A company spokesman was not immediately available to comment. Brescia said GitHub “immediately reversed” its decision to part ways with the employee and “stayed in touch with its representative”.

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

The company’s chief executive officer, Nat Friedman, admitted on the post that the violent mob included “Nazis and white supremacists.”

On Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pullen said in a statement that a man who was photographed wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt during the riot was arrested, NBC News reported. A rioter photographed with a Confederate flag in the halls of the Capitol was also arrested the following day.

“Employees are free to raise concerns about Nazis, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, or other forms of discrimination or harassment in internal discussions,” Friedman said in a statement.

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