An ex-employee from the extramarital dating site Ashley Madison is suing the company for hurting her wrist after “being forced to type up 1,000 ‘fake female profiles,’” Time reports.
Doriana Silva, a former Toronto-based employee for the site, says her requests for a wrist rest were ignored and the pain she endured were so severe that she hasn’t been able to work since 2011.
The lawsuit not only demands $20 million in damages but is also confirming one of online dating men’s biggest fears: the attractive woman whose profile you’re viewing is probably fake.
“The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website,” the suit alleges. “They do not belong to genuine members of Ashley Madison – or any real human beings at all.”
In the lawsuit, Silva says she was hired to help launch a Portuguese-language version of the site. She was then tasked in creating 1,000 fake female profiles that were meant to lure men to the new Brazilian Ashley Madison site and only given three weeks to complete the work, the suit states.
Having to create all those profiles “required an enormous amount of keyboarding” and as a result, Silva now “remains seriously disabled in many if not all aspects of her life,” according to the claim.
Silva’s lawyer, Paul Dollak, told City News Toronto that his client is seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created, and not just compensation for the personal injuries she acquired on the job.
The social networking site states on it does not pre-screen members and does not “guarantee the authenticity of any profile,” warning that “anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a dating profile.”
Sources: Time, City News Toronto