Report: Tinder executive resigns in the wake of sexual harassment allegations

Chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, reportedly left the company yesterday

By Sarah Gray
September 10, 2014 1:53AM (UTC)
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An executive from the dating app Tinder resigned yesterday, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times and Valley Wag.

Justin Mateen, the company's co-founder and chief marketing officer, was at the center of a sexual harassment suit levied on Tinder by former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe. Tinder, and its parent company InterActiveCorps, settled the complaint yesterday, according to a statement from the law firm representing Wolfe.

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The complaint, which named both Mateen, CEO Sean Rad and others, alleged that Wolfe was subject to "sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate comments, emails and text messages.”

She and Mateen were allegedly romantically involved, and following the end of that involvement, he allegedly sent Wolfe series of abusive iMessages and insulted her in front of her peers.

The Los Angeles Times reported the following statement from the firm Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe:

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"Attorney David Lowe declined to comment on Wolfe's case, but said that in general, 'Jury trial is not the only way to get justice in court cases.'

'This wasn’t the first case and this won’t be the last case with allegations of women being treated badly at technology companies,' he added."


Sarah Gray

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

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