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article imageWoman Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against EHarmony

By paigemom     Jun 1, 2007 in Lifestyle
We've all seen those commercials for and the "testimony" from couples who plan to live happily ever after because they joined the online dating site.
Have you noticed that all the couples consist of a man and a woman?
Linda Carlson of northern California is suing eHarmony for discrimination.
The suit claims that Carlson tried to use the Internet site a few months ago to meet a woman but was unable to. Carlson allegedly wrote to eHarmony and complained, but the company refused to change its policy.
The lawsuit claims that "by only offering to find a compatible match for men seeking women or women seeking men, the company was violating state law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
"Such outright discrimination is hurtful and disappointing for a business open to the public in this day and age," Carlson said in a statement.
The matchmaking website conducts extensive personality profiling before introducing couples with matching values and interests. The company has denied the allegation.
"The research that eHarmony has developed, through years of research, to match couples has been based on traits and personality patterns of successful heterosexual marriages," a company statement said. "Nothing precludes us from providing same-sex matching in the future, it's just not a service we offer now based upon the research we have conducted."
In other words, their research shows that there aren't enough gay people willing to cough up a rather exorbitant monthly fee (and an initial sign-up fee)to make it worth their while.
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