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In March 2014, Julie Ann Horvath quit GitHub, whose diversity program she was closely associated with, describing workplace harassment from unnamed men amongst the GitHub staff, as well as the wife of a cofounder, both of whom she also did not identify.

Github responded to her resignation and press coverage by placing individuals on leave and promising an investigation. On April 21, GitHub announced that "the investigation found no evidence to support the claims...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." As a result, Tom Preston-Werner, President and co-founder of GitHub, tendered his resignation -- doing so in a blog post which denied that either of the Preston-Werners had engaged in gender-based harassment or discrimination, and which threatened legal action against people making any "further false claims".

Horvath panned the investigation and named the people who harassed her and those who were complicit in it—assertions she supported with email messages and instant message screencaps.

After considerable criticism, GitHub posted a second blog entry on April 28 giving a somewhat more detailed account of the investigation—a post with which Horvath said she is satisfied, even though she doesn't agree with the stated outcome of the investigation.


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