An erstwhile employee of GitHub, Julie Horvath has leveled accusations of sexual harassment at the startup. She felt discriminated against by several of her male counterparts while on the job. GitHub now starts investigation of the matter and also puts one founder on leave amid his wife's media comments.
Julie Horvath faced some very negative conditions at GitHub. A co-worker made romantic overtures to her after she refused to date him. Then one of the co-founders snubbed her for dating another co-worker. The selfsame co-founder’s wife stalked her for reasons best known to her alone.
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Finally, the last straw that broke the camel’s back came when a co-worker ruined her project after she didn’t allow him to get too frank with her. She admits to the fact that most of the company’s environment was male-oriented and sexist.
She remarked of how two of the female employees started dancing on the table with hula hoops and their male colleagues looked on with intense concupiscence. Hovarth says the atmosphere was that of a strip club so she finally quit. However, she did mention all of this on her Twitter home page.
I've been harassed by 'leadership' at GitHub for two years. And I am the first developer to quit.— Julie Ann Horvath (@nrrrdcore) March 15, 2014
So when word got out about how she had been wrongly treated at GitHub, the company decided to do something about it. The employees she had had trouble with were fired. And as for that particular co-founder who unfairly snubbed her, he too was told to take a hiatus from work. His wife on the other hand will be barred from the office premises.
The GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath has personally apologized to Julie Horvath. He is "deeply saddened." He said that a lot of work and cleaning up needed to be done at GitHub. He furthermore spoke of how a full-scale investigation was going on to bring those people who were polluting the social environment of GitHub to justice.
"We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer. The founder’s wife discussed in the media reports has never had hiring or firing power at GitHub and will no longer be permitted in the office," stated GitHub CEO.
As an engineer at GitHub, Julie Horvath was quite a leading figure in her own right. She is headed towards another career somewhere else. The CEO especially wished her all the best in whatever job she selects and expressed his contrition at what she had to undergo at GitHub.
There are good people at GitHub and leadership should be accountable to them, not predators and harassers.— Julie Ann Horvath (@nrrrdcore) March 15, 2014
"As painful as this experience has been, I am super thankful to Julie for her contributions to GitHub. Her hard work building Passion Projects has made a huge positive impact on both GitHub and the tech community at large, and she's done a lot to help us become a more diverse company. I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently. We wish Julie well in her future endeavors," said Chris Wanstrath.
I'm thrilled to be joining a new team in just a few weeks and they completely support me coming forward.— Julie Ann Horvath (@nrrrdcore) March 15, 2014