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PagerDuty CEO apologizes for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. in layoff email to staff
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PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada apologized to her staff after facing backlash for what critics are calling a "tone-deaf" layoff memo in which she quoted Martin Luther King Jr.
On Friday, Tejada, who heads the cloud computing company, admitted that using a quote from the late civil rights leader while communicating news that the company was letting go of 7% of its global workforce was inappropriate and that there are "a number of things" she would have done differently.
"The quote I included from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was inappropriate and insensitive. I should have been more upfront about the layoffs in the email, more thoughtful about my tone, and more concise," Tejada said. "I am sorry."
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In the letter, issued to employees last Tuesday, Tejada said the cuts were a necessary measure "to set PagerDuty up for long term success."
PagerDuty is just one of a significant number of tech companies that have reduced their workforces in recent months as they weather the uncertain economy.
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