Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With Co-Founder, Fires Harrassing CMO
Some amount of money changed hands, though it is unknown how much.
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Update 3:27 p.m.: Per Buzzfeed's confirmation
, Justin Mateen, who harassed Wolfe and worked as the CMO of Tinder, is "no longer with the company."
Tinder has privately settled a sexual harassment lawsuit from co-founder and former marketing exec Whitney Wolfe. She claimed she was harassed by co-worker Justin Mateen for about 18 months and that her "co-founder" title was stripped because the other founders believed having a "girl founder
" would devalue their brand. CEO Sean Rad seemed to have been aware of the abuse, but did nothing to stop it. Wolfe had dozens of text messages as evidence for her claims.
Whitney’s lawsuit against Tinder has been resolved (without admission of wrongdoing.) 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."
Tinder's parent company, InterActiveCorp, initially offered this statement: "We unequivocally condemn these messages but believe that Ms. Wolfe’s allegations with respect to Tinder and its management are unfounded." Though they claimed the allegations were unfounded, Wolfe's wealth of evidence and the negative publicity encouraged them to settle as quietly as possible. Some amount of money changed hands, though it is unknown how much.
On Monday morning, Wolfe dropped the case.
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