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Woman Sues For $20 M; She Hurt Herself Typing Fake Profiles For Dating Site


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TORONTO - A dating website for married people who want to cheat on their spouses is being sued by a former employee who says she damaged her wrists typing up hundreds of fake profiles of sexy women.

Doriana Silva is seeking $20 million from Ashley Madison for what she calls the company's "unjust enrichment" at her expense, plus another $1 million in punitive and general damages.

In her statement of claim, Silva — a Brazilian immigrant living in Toronto — says she was hired to help launch a Portuguese-language version of the site and promised a starting salary of $34,000 plus benefits.

She was soon asked to create 1,000 "fake female profiles" meant to lure men to the new Brazilian Ashley Madison site — and given only three weeks to complete the work, the document alleges.

"The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website," it reads.

"They do not belong to any genuine members of Ashley Madison — or any real human beings at all."

The allegations have not been proven in court and Ashley Madison has yet to file a statement of defence.

The company, which describes itself as a dating service for married people, did not respond to requests for comment.

In her claim, Silva says she didn't question her assignment, and no one at the company suggested there was anything "unlawful or improper" about the alleged phoney profiles.

In fact, she was led to believe "that doing so was some sort of a normal business practice in the industry," it says.

Had she been aware of the "ethical and legal issues arising in relation to online fraud," Silva would have turned down the work, she alleges in the document.

Creating the profiles "required an enormous amount of keyboarding" and Silva developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms, the claim says.

She alleges company brass ignored her complaints and her request for a wrist rest.

The pain soon made it impossible for Silva to do her job and she has been unable to work since 2011, the document reads, adding she "remains seriously disabled in many if not all aspects of her life."

In her claim, Silva says the company has refused to grant her workers' compensation or insurance despite an earlier agreement she would be covered, and the costs of physiotherapy and other treatments are adding up.

"Doriana's injuries are permanent and her prognosis is uncertain," the document says.

The suit was filed last year but stalled while the company petitioned the court to strike references to "ethics" and "unethical practices" from the statement of claim.

But a Superior Court judge found the references necessary to describe "the factual context in which the injuries were sustained," a decision that was upheld on appeal this month.

Silva's lawyer, Paul Dollak, said while compensation for personal injuries is usually calculated based on how much that person has suffered, his client is instead seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created.

On its website, Ashley Madison says it does not pre-screen members and can't "guarantee the authenticity of any profile," warning that "anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a dating profile

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I don't get it. Are the fake Brazillian women supposed to be a prelude to there being real Brazillian women, eventually? Or is this Silva Brazillian person supposed to 'fill in' for everyone?

Meanwhile, she got benefits... So... Hey how about using them? Or hey... How about getting your own damn wrist rest?

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she was ordered to create 1000 fake profiles in three weeks by her manager, who also refused to provide proper ergonomic support and did not provide worker's comp or insurance, contrary to what was promised in the original work agreement. She got carpel tunnel as a result. Seems like a valid case to me. and yes, this horrible site has well over 20 mill (a number the lawyer came up with because his client is instead seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created instead of based on how much she suffered; his idea, most likely). the ethics of fake profiles on a completely immoral site are not really the issue, but are not surprising either.

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she was ordered to create 1000 fake profiles in three weeks by her manager, who also refused to provide proper ergonomic support and did not provide worker's comp or insurance, contrary to what was promised in the original work agreement. She got carpel tunnel as a result. Seems like a valid case to me. and yes, this horrible site has well over 20 mill (a number the lawyer came up with because his client is instead seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created instead of based on how much she suffered; his idea, most likely). the ethics of fake profiles on a completely immoral site are not really the issue, but are not surprising either.

Pretty much this. She should get something, but not $20M.

Also, fake profiles on dating sites should be illegal.

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she was ordered to create 1000 fake profiles in three weeks by her manager, who also refused to provide proper ergonomic support and did not provide worker's comp or insurance, contrary to what was promised in the original work agreement. She got carpel tunnel as a result. Seems like a valid case to me. and yes, this horrible site has well over 20 mill (a number the lawyer came up with because his client is instead seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created instead of based on how much she suffered; his idea, most likely). the ethics of fake profiles on a completely immoral site are not really the issue, but are not surprising either.

Complaining about getting carpal tunnel making fake proflles on a dating site is like the muscle for a loan shark complaining he got tennis elbow beating people with a baseball bat... Its laughable that she didn't know that SHE was involved in fraud.

Its also laughable that she developed carpal tunnel in under three weeks so badly that she has not been able to do work of any kind for the last 2 years.

Its also laughable that she wants the courts to give her a cut of the money earned from the fake profiles she created WHICH WAS FRAUD haha.

Its also laughable that an employee can randomly demand a cut of the product the company sells beyond their wage... If i work on an assembly line for toyota i don't get to demand my cut of car sales.. particularly when the car sales were illegal haha.

This woman has huge balls going to court to demand her cut of money gained through unethical and fraudulent means which she participated in. and at the same time claiming that typing for less than 3 weeks has left her disabled for the last two years.

I think the only thing worse than this fraudulent website is this woman.

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I hope this company counter sues this stupid woman and let me explain why before someone starts bitching at me. When you get a job in construction do they provide you with steel toed boots? No. Do they provide you with tools? Most often they do not. Now this woman is complaining that she told her superiors that she had sore wrists and wanted a wrist rest and was declined. All this woman had to do was go to Futureshop and buy herself and keyboard that supported her wrists and bought herself a comfy mouse and none of this would of happened. Instead she just keeps plugging on causing self inflicting preventable injuries and then turns around and tries to sue the company for 21 million dollars and at the same time ruin the companies reputation. This company gave her a job that pays $17 dollars an hour, i'm not sure where you get a job that pays $17 dollars an hour and all you have to do is create profiles? I'd pay her minimum wage to do such a worthless job.

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