A group of current and former Tinder executives are accusing former CEO Greg Blatt of groping and sexually harassing Rosette Pambakian, the company’s vice president of marketing and communications, CNN reported on Thursday, August 16th. The allegations appear in a lawsuit claiming the app’s current owners “manipulated the valuation of the company to deny them of billions of dollars they were owed,” according to CNN.
The plaintiffs in the suit are Tinder co-founder Sean Rad, Pambakian, and eight other early employees of the company. Pambakian and three other plaintiffs who still work at Tinder were reportedly placed on indefinite paid leave on Tuesday, August 14th.
This isn’t the first time the company has been accused of such behavior. Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe settled a sexual harassment and workplace discrimination case against Tinder in 2014. She went on to create Bumble, a rival dating app.
Pambakian described her mixed feelings about reporting the alleged incident, which is said to have occurred at a company holiday party in 2016.
Match Group, one of the defendants in the suit, denied the allegations against Blatt.
Pambakian’s own description of the events, however, are harrowing.
She alleges she was sitting on the bed in a hotel room with other Tinder employees when Blatt entered. He then pushed her back onto the mattress, climbed on top of her, and began “kissing and fondling her,” CNN reported. An unnamed source told CNN the incident was later determined to be a “one-off consensual error in judgment.”
Pambakian disagreed with that assessment.
Despite her allegations against Tinder, Pambakian doesn’t want to leave her job. And her reasoning will make you cheer.
We applaud Pambakian for telling her story, and we hope her alleged abuser is brought to justice.