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GitHub reverses course, cites 'significant errors of judgement' in firing of Jewish employee

GitHub reverses course, cites 'significant errors of judgement' in firing of Jewish employee

GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.
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GitHub admitted on Sunday that it made "significant errors of judgement" when it fired an employee who suggested that "Nazis" were among the Capitol rioters.




The company said its head of HR stepped down on Saturday, and that it is offering the employee his job back.




"To the employee we wish to say publicly: we sincerely apologize," Erica Brescia, GitHub's COO, said in a statement.




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GitHub said Sunday that it should not have fired a Jewish employee and that it is offering him his job back after hundreds of his colleagues protested the decision. The Microsoft-owned company terminated the employee two days after he suggested in an internal chat room that "Nazis" were among the rioters who breached the US Capitol on January 6, Insider first reported. The employee told Insider that GitHub's HR department reprimanded him for a Slack message he wrote on the day of the insurrection: "stay safe homies, Nazis are about."Read more: EXCLUSIVE: GitHub is facing employee backlash after the firing of a Jewish employee who suggested 'Nazis are about' on the day of the US Capitol siege
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