SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IAC/InterActiveCorp has suspended a co-founder of its popular dating app Tinder in the wake of a lawsuit accusing him of sexually harassing a female executive of the company.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Tinder's founders engaged in "atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination" of the woman, Whitney Wolfe. Wolfe, also a co-founder, was the face of West Hollywood, California-based Tinder's marketing efforts to young women, according to the suit.
The suit says that Tinder's chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, repeatedly called Wolfe a "whore" and told her that he was taking away her co-founder title because having a young woman with the title "devalues" the company.
Tinder's parent company, New York-based IAC, says that the allegations against Tinder and its management are "unfounded."