As if the online dating game didn’t hurt you enough. Imagine you’re over 29 (gasp!) and America’s biggest dating app treats you like you’re over the hill.
So, in contrast to the “senior” discount, Tinder charged California users aged 29 and older twice as much for certain subscriptions as younger users. An age discrimination complaint was filed and Tinder agreed to a settlement in 2019.
If you’re one of those Tinder seniors who did wrong, you have until February 9 to file your claim and get $50 if you qualify. About 8 million people in the United States use the dating app, and in states other than California, those higher subscription rates still hold.
Of course, there are details in fine print and we have them.
Tinder age discrimination lawsuit
The lawsuit alleged that Tinder violated several California-specific age discrimination laws by charging consumers over the age of 29 a higher price for the Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold subscription services.
The price for these subscriptions was $9.99 for users 29 and under and $19.99 for those over 29. The age mark-up violates the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Unfair Competition Law.
Tinder has denied the claim and refused to accept legal responsibility, saying there is no legal basis for group members to be considered eligible for a relief payment.
However, an agreement was reached in 2019 and payments will begin once the claims filing deadline is reached.
Tinder Age Discrimination Policy Details
Some California Tinder app users may be in line to seek a cash settlement in the class action lawsuit filed against the Texas-based company.
By “certain,” the lawsuit specifies eligible class members as:
- Tinder users who subscribed to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold service upgrades between March 2, 2015 and March 1, 2019, and;
- were at least 29 years old when they subscribed.
During this period, Tinder charged users aged 29 and over higher subscription fees for these two services. It’s age discrimination and against the law, at least in California.
Each class member who files a claim will receive up to $50 based on the remaining settlement amount of $5.2 million after paying attorneys’ fees and other legal costs. The amount of $50 also depends on the number of class members filing a claim.
Class members will also receive two Tinder-specific app upgrades – 70 Super Likes and a Boost. The value of these items is estimated at $118.30. These rewards do not depend on how many party members join the chase.
Class Actions Help Consumers
Class action lawsuits are a popular way for consumers to receive payment for illegal transactions conducted by American companies. It allows class members who meet filing standards to join lawsuits without having to hire their own attorney or pay filing or litigation fees.
In September 2021, a $181 million price-fixing class action lawsuit was brought against several producers of fresh and frozen chicken. If you purchased chicken to cook at home between 2012 and 2020, that is, all adult citizens of the country except vegetarians, you may be eligible for a small payment. And, you have until December 31, 2022 to file a complaint.
While class action plaintiffs may sometimes receive mailed notifications that they may join a class action, consumers are often unaware that they may be eligible for compensation.
Kent McDill has been a seasoned journalist specializing in personal finance topics since 2013. He is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.
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