Tinder CEO Reacts to Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
July 01, 2014
The wildly popular dating app, Tinder, has come under fire as the company's former VP of marketing, Whitney Wolfe, filed a lawsuit alleging that she suffered gender discrimination and sexual harassment at the company. Now, CEO Sean Rad is firing back, saying that the lawsuit is 'full of inaccuracies.'
In a memo leaked to the press, Rad defends his company against the claims.
"I've learned a lot through this process and I wish I had done more in terms of managing what was clearly a complex situation," Rad wrote to his employees. "The communications between Justin [Mateen] and Whitney that have come to my attention through this process are just unacceptable. However, as many of you know, Whitney's legal complaint is full of factual inaccuracies and omissions. We did not discriminate against Whitney because of her age or gender, and her complaint paints an inaccurate picture of my actions and what went on here. We take gender equality very seriously and none of this reflects the Tinder and culture that we have worked so hard to create."
Justin Mateen is the Chief Marketing Officer of the company whom Wolfe accused of calling her a "whore" at a company event. In court papers obtained by ET, Wolfe went on to claim that Mateen threatened to take away her co-founder title "because having a young female co-founder makes the company seem like a joke and devalues the company."
Wolfe claims that she complained to Rad, but "he ignored her complaints, dismissing her as annoying and dramatic, and threatened her job." After this, Wolfe claims that she offered to resign, but Rad denied her offer and fired her.