I always tell women not to mix business with pleasure, not to date anyone who works for the same company because very few women come out the winners. But very few women want to listen to that advice. It’s amazing how many women think that their relationship is going to lead to happily ever after.
Even in this day and age, when a man and woman from the same company are dating, when the breakup comes, and most of them do break up, it’s usually the woman who is forced to leave the company, not the man, even if she is in a senior position and has been there longer.
And the story of Tinder’s co-founder and former vice president of marketing, is a case in point. Tinder is the popular hookup facilitation dating app and Whitney Wolfe is the co-founder who was forced out of the company after she and her partner, Justin Mateen, broke up. Now she is suing the company and its parent IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) for sexual harassment and discrimination.
Wolfe alleges in her complaint that Mateen subjected her to constantly sexually charged abuse and threats and told her that having a female CEO devalues the app and “makes the company seem like a joke.” He called her “a desperate loser who jumps from relationship to relationship, a joke, a gold digger, a disease, a whore, and a slut who needs to be watched if she were to keep her job.”
These text messages were submitted to the court showing Mateen calling middle age Muslims pigs and depicting IAC Chairman, Barry Diller as a penis. Wolfe alleges that CEO Chairman, Sean Rad, dismissed her pleas for help as “dramatic” and told her that if she and Mateen couldn’t get along, she would be fired.
It doesn’t matter that Wolfe was responsible for growing its userbase by 200 percent in a matter of weeks with her visits to college fraternities and sororities. In the final analysis, she was the one who was stripped of her title as a result of the treatment she endured and forced out of her job.
Apparently, it doesn’t matter that we’re living in the 21st century and that many women have broken through the glass ceiling, when push comes to shove, that glass ceiling hasn’t shattered enough to give women the edge over men in the business world.