Tinder settles sexual harassment lawsuit with former executive

Whitney Wolfe, former co-founder of the dating app, filed the complaint in June 2014

Published September 8, 2014 11:19PM (EDT)


Tinder, the popular dating/hookup app, and its parent company InterActiveCorps, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with former marketing vice president, and co-founder, Whitney Wolfe, BuzzFeed is reporting.

Wolfe filed a complaint on June 30, 2014, which focused on co-founder chief marketing officer Justin Mateen and co-founder CEO Sean Rad. The lawsuit alleged that during her time at Tinder Wolfe was subject to "horrendously sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate comments, emails and text messages," some of which can be read at RezLaw.com.

Mateen, with whom Wolfe had been reportedly romantically involved, allegedly put her down during meetings, and sent abusive messages when the romance ended. Upon receipt of these allegations -- some captured via screen grab -- Mateen was placed on suspension.

It was also alleged that the titled of "co-founder" was taken from the then 24-year-old Wolfe, because it would devalue the company to have a “girl founder.”

A little over two months later, the suit has been settled. "Documents released by Los Angeles County Superior Court Monday morning showed Wolfe dropped the case," according to BuzzFeed. However, it is unknown how much money was involved in the settlement.

"Whitney’s lawsuit against Tinder has been resolved (without admission of wrongdoing)," a partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP, the firm representing Wolfe, told BuzzFeed via email. "She is proud of her role as a co-founder of Tinder and of the role she played in the app’s success. She is now pleased to be able to focus her energy, talents, and ideas on exciting new opportunities."

By Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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