GitHub apologizes for firing employee who warned of Capitol attack Nazi link
A technology firm owned by Microsoft, GitHub has been forced to apologize after firing a Jewish employee who had warned that “Nazis” were among the pro-Trump mob who launched an attack on the US Capitol on 6 January.
Significant Errors in Judgment
The tech company’s COO, Erica Brescia, on the back of widespread outrage after the sacking, apologized for what she termed “significant errors in judgment.”
“In light of these findings, we immediately reversed the decision to separate with the employee and are in communication with his representative.” She wrote on a blog post. “To the employee, we wish to say publicly: we sincerely apologize.”
The tech firm terminated the employment two days after the employee predicted the Nazi links of the insurrection in a company chat room, as reported by Insider, which broke the news first. The contents of the message allegedly warned, “stay safe homies, Nazis are about.”
Following the sacking, the company was assailed by an immediate outcry from members of staff. GitHub later hired an outside firm to investigate. The findings revealed the procedural errors resulting in the tech company offering the employee his job back, and its head of human resources stepping down on Saturday.
Later, employees of the tech firm circulated a letter urging the company to denounce white supremacy and demanding that the company answer questions about the employee’s termination.
GitHub, in the blog post released on Sunday, acknowledged that “employees are free to express concerns about Nazis, antisemitism, white supremacy or any other form of discrimination or harassment,” in a statement shared with employees earlier.
“It was appalling last week to watch a violent mob, including Nazis and white supremacists, attack the US Capitol,” the post noted Friedman had said. “That these hateful ideologies were able to reach the sacred seat of our democratic republic in 2021 is sickening.”