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IAC settles a Tinder co-founder’s harassment suit

September 9, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — IAC/InterActiveCorp said Tuesday that it settled a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by a co-founder of dating app Tinder.

A spokesman for IAC, which owns Tinder, said the lawsuit was settled without the company admitting wrongdoing. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The lawsuit was filed in June by Tinder’s co-founder and former vice president of marketing Whitney Wolfe. The suit said that Tinder’s founders engaged in “atrocious sexual harassment and sex discrimination” against Wolfe, calling her names and threatening to strip away her co-founder title.

According to the suit, Wolfe was the face of Tinder’s marketing efforts to young women and appeared in several magazine articles promoting the app. It also said that Wolfe came up with the name for the app.

A lawyer for Wolfe confirmed that the lawsuit was settled.

“Whitney is proud to be a co-founder of Tinder and of the role that she played in the app’s success,” said lawyer David Lowe of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe.

New York-based IAC owns several digital properties, including Match.com, CollegeHumor and Dictionary.com.

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