Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
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Tinder has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee.
Whitney Wolfe, a former executive at the West Hollywood–based Tinder, has withdrawn her lawsuit, according to documents released Monday by the Los Angeles Superior Court. A spokesman for IAC confirmed that the case has been settled without admission of wrongdoing.
John Mullan, lawyer for Wolfe at Rudy Exelrod Zieff & Lowe, also released a statement confirming that his client settled without admission of wrongdoing and "is proud of the work she did as a co-founder of Tinder, which contributed so much to the growth of the app. She is now going to focus her energy and talents on some exciting new projects."
Wolfe filed suit against Tinder, parent company IAC and sister company Match.com in June alleging that she was stripped of her co-founder title because she was a woman. She further alleged that co-founder and chief marketing officer Justin Mateen, with whom she previously had a romantic relationship, sexually harassed her via text message, at one point calling her a "whore." She also accused CEO Sean Rad of not responding to her complaints about Mateen's behavior and Sam Yagan, CEO of IAC portfolio company Match.com, of ignoring her complaints.
IAC, the Barry Diller-led New York media conglomerate that owns a majority stake in Tinder, immediately suspended Mateen, condemning the messages he sent to Wolfe. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Mateen, once one of the most visible Tinder executives, is no longer with the company.
Following the dustup, Rad sent an email to staff acknowledging that "I wish I had done more in terms of managing what was clearly a complex situation," but he also called Wolfe's complaint "full of factual inaccuracies and omissions."
Buzzfeed first reported that the case had been settled.