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




3 comments
tvogue
tvogue

@FF22

1) Something about you tells me this gender swap will make you stop caring at all, which would also tell me that your comments are bottom of the barrel material, but the majority of the claims were actually against the co-founder's *wife*, who did not and does not work at GitHub.  The claims against him are more geared towards him defending/ignoring and possibly encouraging her behavior.  Other people can attest to the wife's inappropriate presence in the workplace, and that is probably a big part of the "mistakes" the mediator referred to but would not articulate.

This is not a criminal case and never has been and nobody is getting sued or jailed.  Though the co-founder('s wife) sure wants to sue Horvath and seems that he'd go after GitHub if they called him out, too.  I mean, why else would GitHub not say anything about what mistakes were made?   Anyway, all she wanted was for the behavior to be appropriately addressed and stopped.

  

She also stated that a coworker harassed her directly but never publicly stated who that guy was and never went after him specifically (only stated that out of frustration with the company), so that should tell you something about her motives.  Which is to say, like with most of these sexual harassment cases...there are none.  Oh, except for wanting the behavior to stop.


Ironically, one of the main excuses the wife gave for her harassing behavior was paranoia that Horvath would talk bad about her husband (long, long before she ever had a reason or even inclination to do so).


@ElianGonzalezGee, I dunno, try actually reading the countless earlier articles instead of speculating on a situation you don't understand!  The answer, by the way, is no...there hasn't once been a mention of a criminal case because that really wasn't what she wanted to happen and she's not going after it.  Though the guy who resigned keeps subtly threatening to sue both her and GitHub on his blog.

ElianGonzalez
ElianGonzalez

Is this a criminal case? Have charges been filed? Is she using him? I ask this seriously because I cannot seem to find an answer to those questions and it would go well to know otherwise. And if she *is* pursuing a case in court, these Tweets are doing nothing to help.

FF22
FF22

So what actual proof or evidence do you for your accusations, lady? Would you be also feel fine if you were found guilty and jailed based on the same kind of proof and evidence in a similar, serious criminal case?


Harassment is a terrible thing. But false accusations of harassment are just as much if not even more terrible.

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