Of all the reasons to sue Ashley Madison, Doriana Silva certainly has an original one. The Brazilian immigrant living in Toronto is suing the dating service for married people for $20 million, claiming that she permanently damaged her wrists typing hundreds of “fake female profiles” for the site.
Silva alleges she was hired to help launch a Portuguese-language version of the site and paid a full salary to create 1,000 profiles in three weeks’ time for the purpose of luring in Brazilian men. According to the lawsuit, Silva didn’t question whether or not the assignment was “unlawful or improper” because she was led to believe “that doing so was some sort of a normal business practice in the industry.” Had she known the “ethical and legal issues arising in relation to online fraud,” Silva claims she would not have accepted the job. As you might imagine, creating that many fake profiles in three weeks “required an enormous amount of keyboarding,” which Silva says left her in great pain and “seriously disabled in many if not all aspects of her life.” Ashely Madison has yet to respond to the allegations.
I barely survived creating one online profile … and it was real. One thousand fake ones? A Sisyphean task that would destroy anyone’s soul. As far as the permanent wrist damage, I’m not so sure. [Globe and Mail via Jezebel]