Tags: julie horvath | github

Julie Horvath Accuses Tech Startup GitHub of Sexism, Intimidation

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 01:45 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Julie Horvath, a former engineer at GitHub, sparked an internal investigation last week when she left her job and accused the software development company of sexism and intimidation.

Horvath went public with her allegations in a Saturday interview with TechCrunch
, in which she claimed that a GitHub co-founder and his wife intimidated her on two separate occasions.

When she started at GitHub two years ago, Horvath claims her boss' wife asked her out for drinks. During the meeting, the woman reportedly told Horvath that she was in charge of hires and wanted to make sure Horvath wouldn't quit and badmouth the company or its co-founder. Horvath then told TechCrunch that the woman, who was not a GitHub employee, confessed to having "spies" within the company and revealed that she reportedly had the ability to read all employees' communications.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

She confided in a colleague about the meeting and it eventually got back to HR, at which point Horvath says she began to feel like she was "being bullied into leaving."

The co-founder ultimately accused Horvath of threatening his wife and "chastised her." From that point on, the wife would reportedly show up at the office and "glare" at Horvath, "as if trying to provoke a reaction," she told TechCrunch. The situation culminated with the wife "verbally attacking" Horvath at the office.

During that time, Horvath said she was also fending off romantic advances from a different GitHub employee who she says started "ripping out coding" from a project they worked on when she rejected him.

This week, GitHub's CEO and other co-founder Chris Wanstrath placed the accused offenders on leave and apologized to Horvath.

"I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It's certain that there were things we could have done differently," Wanstrath wrote in a blog post published Sunday, adding that his partner's wife is no longer be permitted in the office.

"GitHub has grown incredibly fast over the past two years, bringing a new set of challenges," the post continued. "Nearly a year ago we began a search for an experienced HR Lead and that person came on board in January 2014. We still have work to do. We know that. However, making sure GitHub employees are getting the right feedback and have a safe way to voice their concerns is a primary focus of the company."

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved