Eharmony continues to receive grief in the wake of it’s launch of a new dating sites. Members protesting the launch of same-sex site Compatible Partners are being denied a refund when trying to unsubscribe.
EHarmony was ordered to pay Eric McKinley, who brought the original suit against the dating company, $5,000 for expenses incurred and time spent on the lawsuit. The matchmaking giant also had to fork over $50,000 to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights for its administrative expenses, according to the settlement agreement. More here.
Another class action lawsuit against eHarmony for discrimination based on sexual orientation continues to move forward in California. The plaintiffs in that case maintain that eHarmonyâ€™s decision to establish a separate site for gays rather than integrate its flagship site, eHarmony.com, amounts to an unlawful â€œseparate but equalâ€ policy and the continued marginalization of gays, lesbians and bisexuals. The California case has been certified as a class action. Press release.
I’ll be talking to eHarmony next week and hope to have additional clarification on the various lawsuits and early feedback on Compatible Partners.