Former GitHub CEO Is Placed On Leave

NEW YORK (The Deal) -- GitHub, the California-based coding workflow optimization and management tool, has ousted one of its co-founders as a result of allegations about sexual harassment, sources said Monday.

The allegations are against another employee, not co-founder and former CEO Thomas Preston-Werner, who was identified by a source Monday as the person who was placed on leave.

When the company's current CEO Chris Wanstrath said earlier on Monday that a "relevant founder" had been placed on leave in the wake of the allegations, he was referring to former Preston-Werner, a source familiar with the situation said.

Attempts to contact GitHub for comment did not receive a response by press time.

The issue of sexual harassment in one of the country's hottest startups comes at a difficult time for GitHub. In 2012, the company took on a $100 million Series A round. But the allegations that a female developer at GitHub raised, including intimidation from a founder's spouse, as well as an environment in which harassment of women was allowed to persist, has the potential to unravel corporate environments just as the company is hitting its stride.

It also comes at a time when Silicon Valley has come under repeated criticism for having a tin ear on women's issues.

The person making the allegations, engineer Julie Ann Horvath, who first took to Twitter to air her dispute, in an interview with blog TechCrunch also said she was sexually harassed by another employee at the company, who was not named.

Preston-Werner himself has not been accused of any harassment.

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