Julie Ann Horvath

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Julie Ann Horvath

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Earlier today, GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath announced that his co-founder Tom Preston-Werner was cleared of “legal wrongdoing” and “gender-based discrimination.” Still, Preston-Werner is resigning anyway as president of the open-source code platform, due to “mistakes and errors of judgment.”

But Julie Ann Horvath — the prominent GitHub engineer who quit after making the serious allegations of gender-based harassment by Preston-Werner and his wife — is currently responding to the news on Twitter and she is unhappy with the outcome.

To say the least:

Wanstrath announced the Preston-Werner resignation on GitHub’s blog.

Here is the post below:

Last month, a number of allegations were made against GitHub and some of its employees, including one of its co-founders, Tom Preston-Werner. We took these claims seriously and launched a full, independent, third-party investigation.

The investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment. However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment.

In light of these findings, Tom has submitted his resignation, which the company has accepted. Tom has been a huge part of this company from the very beginning and we appreciate all that he has done for GitHub. We wish him the best in his next endeavor.

As to the remaining allegations, the investigation found no evidence of gender-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or abuse. We want to create a great place to work for all our employees and we can’t do that without acknowledging the challenges that exist in providing an inclusive work environment. We are implementing a number of new HR and employee-led initiatives as well as training opportunities to make sure employee concerns and conflicts are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately. We know we still have work to do.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder




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