Woman Sues eHarmony for Sexual Discrimination

Woman Sues eHarmony for Sexual Discrimination

Linda Carlson, a resident of California, has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against online dating service eHarmony.

Carlson claims that the dating service only caters to heterosexuals looking for partners and does not allow gays or lesbians on the site.

The Suit

Carlton chose to follow through with a suit after experiencing denial from the site in February 2007 when she tried to register as a lesbian.

“Such outright discrimination is hurtful and disappointing for a business open to the public in this day and age," says Carlton.

eHarmony, a California based company has disputed Carlson’s claims stating that they can discriminate based on sexual orientation since their research and matching system wasn’t set up for homosexuals and was only tested on heterosexuals.

Founder of eHarmony, Neil Clark Warren explains that besides the insufficient research on homosexual couples that the company is currently dealing with, another reason that they don’t allow same sex couples to participate on their site is due to the fact that “same-sex marriage in this country is illegal at this time, and we try to match people for marriage.”

Linda Carlson has the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities support in this lawsuit, and claims this suit is less about money but more about the injustice and discrimination that still plagues America.

Bad for Business?

eHarmony has more than 12 million registered users and has used intense television advertising to make it one of the nation's largest Internet dating sites.

Linda Carlson’s suit and eHarmony’s discrimination issues have become detrimental to their business, as rival companies like Chemistry.com mock their discrimination issues in upcoming commercials.

The lawsuit has been filed at the Los Angeles Supreme Court and is the first of its kind for eHarmony.

(Source: www.tcdailyplanet.net)

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