Tinder boss faces lawsuit after calling co-founder a ‘wh\*re’

Ex-Tinder boss Whitney Wolfe has launched a sexual harassment case against Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen.


by Fiona Day |

Whitney Wolfe filed the lawsuit in California after claiming she had been subjected to sexual harassment and stripped of her co-founder status simply because she is a woman.

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A document relating to the lawsuit stated that Tinder’s chief marketing office Justin Mateen “repeatedly called Ms Wolfe a whore, including in front of CEO Sean Rad, and he told Ms Wolfe that he was taking away her 'co-founder' title because having a young female co-founder 'makes the company seem like a joke' and 'devalues the company'.''

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Whitney was sent a number of abusive texts
Whitney was sent a number of abusive texts

Mateen has since been suspended from his post after an internal investigation revealed he had been partaking in ‘inappropriate conduct.’

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Whitney received the texts whilst she was at work

A spokesman for Tinder’s parent company IAC: “Through that [ongoing investigation], it has become clear that Mr Mateen sent private messages to Ms Wolfe containing inappropriate content.”

The continued: “We unequivocally condemn these messages, but believe that Ms Wolfe's allegations with respect to Tinder and its management are unfounded.”

Whitney Wolfe released her own statement, reading: “This case is about being forced out of a company I helped build because I would no longer tolerate the gender discrimination and harassment. I had hoped this would be resolved confidentially, but after months of failed attempts, I have decided to pursue this suit.”

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