Justin Mateen is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of the Tinder dating app. He has been suspended after a former executive filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company on Monday. In court papers, Whitney Wolfe claims that she was fired after receiving inappropriate comments from Mateen and company CEO Sean Rad for over a year.
Wolfe was in a relationship with Mateen and it ended in December. The lawsuit, filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that Mateen repeatedly called her a “whore” in front of Rad.
Wolfe said that she was insulted in front of other employees and told her that he was taking away her title as co-founder of the app because having a 24-year-old as a co-founder devalued the company. Wolfe supplied text messages that Mateen sent her as evidence in the lawsuit and claims that he subjected her to multiple sexist and racist comments, e-mails, and text messages while employed at Tinder.
Wolfe claims that Rad ignored her complaints and fired her after she offered to resign and “leave peacefully if she could get a reasonable amount of severance and her vested equity.”
In an interview with USA Today, Wolfe said “I had hoped this would be resolved confidentially, but after months of failed attempts, I have decided to pursue this suit.”
IAC issued a statement on Monday that explained Mateen had been suspended immediately upon receipt “of the allegations contained in Ms. Wolfe’s complaint.” Tinder is conducting an internal investigation.