In the lawsuit filed against the company she alleges she helped co-found, Whitney Wolfe claims that her boss at Tinder, Justin Mateen, sexually harassed her via text messages and in person, often calling her a “whore” and otherwise intimidating and threatening her.
Wolfe took screenshots of many of the text message exchanges she allegedly had with Mateen, which have been attached as exhibits in her lawsuit. She further alleges that her co-founder status was taken away by Mateen because having a young female co-founder “makes the company seem like a joke.”
The suit details the hiring of Mateen and his subsequent romantic relationship with Wolfe. In late 2013, the couple allegedly broke up due to Mateen’s insecurities and aggression, after which the harassment allegedly escalated.
According to the legal document, CEO Sean Rad participated with Mateen in sexist, racist, homophobic and otherwise inappropriate comments, ignored or rebuffed Wolfe’s complaints, and when Wolfe had finally reached her breaking point, unceremoniously fired her during a text message exchange, also attached to the lawsuit as an exhibit.