Nearly half of employees at LGBTQ dating app Grindr have quit after the company enacted a strict two-day-a-week office requirement – and furious employees say the mandate was in retaliation for their union drive .
Last month, Grindr informed employees they had two weeks to decide whether they would move to a “central” office and work on-site two days a week or terminate their employment, according to the Communications Workers of the Union group. America.
By the end of August, about 80 employees – or about 45% of Grindr’s 180 employees – had left the company due to the mandate, union organizers said.
Grindr offered severance pay to employees who were unable or unwilling to comply with relocation requirements – a move the group described as an attempt ‘to prevent workers from speaking out about their working conditions’ .
“These decisions have left Grindr dangerously understaffed and raise questions about the app’s safety, security and stability for users,” said Grindr United-CWA member Erick Cortez. “It is clear that Grindr wants workers to be silenced and deterred from exercising our right to organize, whatever the cost. »
Grindr employees had announced their intention to unionize on July 20 through CWA, but the union campaign has yet to receive official recognition.
The company announced its term to return to power on August 4.
The CWA filed a formal complaint on behalf of Grindr employees with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the company’s actions constituted unlawful retaliation.
“It’s unimaginably disappointing that dozens of our co-workers had to quit their jobs because Grindr management wouldn’t sit down with workers and respect our right to organize,” Cortez added.
The Post has contacted Grindr for comment.
During an appearance at a Goldman Sachs conference in San Francisco earlier this week, Grindr CEO George Arison said job cuts were expected and would improve the company’s bottom line.
“The team will be smaller than where we were before and where we want to be,” Arison said at the event, according to Bloomberg.
“This will obviously have a positive impact on the margin in the short term. But I also think it shows that you can have a lot of clout in this business because you don’t need such a big team to do the things that we need to do,” Arison added.
Grindr stock is up more than 9% this year.
The dating app is one of many tech companies that have seen significant disputes between senior executives and employees over back-to-office policies.
Last month, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy issued a stern warning to employees who fail to comply with the requirement to work three days a week.
“It’s high time to disagree and engage,” Jassy said. “And if you can’t disagree and commit, I understand that too, but it probably won’t work for you at Amazon because we go back to the office at least three days a week, and that’s not good for all of our teammates have to be there three days a week and people refuse to do that.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s parent company Meta recently imposed its own three-day requirement for many employees – and warned that offenders could be fired.