gavelThe ex-vice president of marketing for Tinder has initiated an employment litigation suit against the company. In the lawsuit, the woman cites specific instances of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Tinder is a smart phone application used by singles to make online dating connections and it has soared in popularity recently as more and more individuals sign up for the service. According to the woman who brought forward the instant lawsuit, she was formerly listed as a co-founder of the company, but that title was stripped from her by Tinder’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Executive Officer. The plaintiff claims that her title was taken away because she is a woman. The lawsuit further alleges that the Chief Marketing Officer referred to the plaintiff with a derogatory term and insulted her in other ways, publicly.

Harassment and Discrimination Allegedly Continued for 18 Months

The lawsuit alleges that the sexual harassment and discrimination began in late 2012 and continued for 18 months. The woman further alleges that she issued formal complaints about the harassment to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, but he did nothing to stop the abuse and merely ignored her complaints.

IAC/InterActiveCorp was named as a defendant in litigation due to the fact that the company is the majority shareholder of Tinder. IAC/InterActiveCorp also owns the popular online dating website Match.com. According to IAC/InterActiveCorp, the plaintiff in this case does not have a legally sufficient basis for her complaints. Nevertheless, IAC/InterActiveCorp did suspend the CEO of Tinder while an internal investigation into the matter is performed.

Seeking Restitution for Employment Law Violations

It is important to remember that, like most lawsuits, the defendants will not be found liable in a sexual harassment claim until -- and only if -- the plaintiff can successfully prove his or her case in court. In order to prove such cases, email records, cell phone text message logs, eyewitness testimony, and other internal human resources documents may be used during litigation proceedings. Ultimately, if a plaintiff is successful in his or her case, various types of financial restitution could be obtained -- such as money for lost wages, money for lost opportunity and other damages.

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