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Former Tinder Executive Files Sexual Harassment Suit

Ashley Yang |
July 1, 2014 | 10:28 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Flames are a-blazing at Tinder, but not the kind the app intended.
Flames are a-blazing at Tinder, but not the kind the app intended.
Tinder’s former vice president of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, filed a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against her former employer Monday (via Slate). 

The complaint alleges that Tinder’s Chief Marketing Officer Justin Mateen repeatedly called Wolfe a “whore,” including in front of the company’s CEO Sean Rad and told her that he was taking away her “co-founder” title because having a young female with that title would “make the company seem like a joke” and “devalue” it. 

According to the narrative described, Wolfe and Mateen began a romantic relationship after Mateen joined Tinder as her boss and after their relationship soured, Mateen became jealous, vindictive, and made a habit of regularly spewing derogatory, sexist comments at her in public - all while Rad allegedly sat by and did nothing.  

The suit also contains a record of abusive text messages that Mateen allegedly sent to Wolfe. 

Wolfe claims that she found herself cut out of the company leadership explicitly because she was a woman: she was first kept out of the media, then demoted officially - all to make the company appear more “legitimate,” which couldn’t happen if a 24-year old “girl” with little experience was a named co-founder. 

Tinder’s parent company states that it has suspended Mateen pending an internal investigation, but that they believed Wolfe’s claims about Tinder’s management to be “unfounded.” 

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