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Tinder CMO Justin Mateen is out permanently following Monday’s settlement of the sexual harassment lawsuit he was at the center of. He had been suspended in July when the suit came to light, but the departure is now permanent, according to an unnamed Los Angeles Times source. A Tinder spokesperson confirmed the departure.
In the lawsuit, plaintiff Whitney Wolfe settled with Tinder and parent company [company] IAC [/company] under the agreement that neither would take responsibility for any wrongdoing, according to her lawyer’s statement to Buzzfeed. But Mateen’s departure suggests otherwise. The company did not release explanation for whether the choice to leave was Tinder’s or Mateen’s, but given the suspicious timing, it was likely a condition of the settlement. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Wolfe was requesting punitive restitution.
Wolfe accused Mateen of sexually harassing her verbally and via text after their romantic relationship soured. In addition, Wolfe alleged that she wasn’t given the title, pay and recognition she deserved as a co-founder of Tinder. Eventually due to the harassment, she left the company.