Tech CEO apologizes for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. in layoff announcement

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Tech CEO apologizes for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. in announcing layoffs

On January 24th, PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada sent a letter to employees announcing that the digital operations management company would lay off approximately 7% of its workforce.

Tejada quoted King’s words at the end of the letter.

“At moments like this, I am reminded of what Martin Luther King said. [leader] where not [they] Standing at a comfortable and convenient moment, [they] “We stand in times of challenge and controversy,” she wrote. , its values, and a leader who champions our vision.”

On Friday, Tejada apologized for quoting King.

“The quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that I included was inappropriate and insensitive,” she said in a note. I should have thought more carefully and been more concise. I’m sorry.”

When asked for additional comment, a PagerDuty representative pointed to an updated blog post with Tejada’s apology.

The tech industry has seen a spate of job cuts in recent weeks. Amazon said he was laying off more than 18,000 employees in early January. Salesforce also said it plans to cut about 10% of its workforce. Meanwhile, Microsoft is laying off her 10,000 employees.

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