Tinder Founder Accused Of Sexual Harassment
The founder of dating app Tinder has been suspended over claims a former marketing executive was sexually harassed.
Whitney Wolfe says she was subjected to inappropriate private messages from co-founder Justin Mateen, as well as a pattern of abusive behaviour at the US-based start-up company.
In her court claim, filed in Los Angeles, she alleges Mr Mateen stripped her of her co-founder title, saying having a "24-year-old girl" as a co-founder made the company "seem like a joke".
It is also alleged Mr Mateen called her a "whore" in front of chief executive Sean Rad.
Ms Wolfe says she was forced out of the "misogynist, alpha-male stereotype" of a tech company when she complained.
In a statement she said: "I had hoped this would be resolved confidentially, but after months of failed attempts, I have decided to pursue this suit."
Tinder's parent companies, IAC and Match.com, are also named as defendants.
IAC said in a statement: "Immediately upon receipt of the allegations contained in Ms Wolfe's complaint, Mr Mateen was suspended pending an ongoing internal investigation.
"Through that process, it has become clear that Mr Mateen sent private messages to Ms Wolfe containing inappropriate content.
"We unequivocally condemn these messages, but believe that Ms Wolfe's allegations with respect to Tinder and its management are unfounded."