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Spark agreed to pay both men ,000 each and 0,000 in attorneys’ fees.
The company didn’t admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement, the Journal reported.“I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation,” one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys, Vineet Dubey of Custodio & Dubey LLP, said in a statement.
Spark Networks did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement agreement, but "it did agree to pay each plaintiff ,000 and cover the 0,000 they had accumulated" in legal fees, CBC News reported.
A representative for the company told The Wall Street Journal that leaders were "pleased to resolve this litigation," but others are frustrated by the outcome.
The lawsuit focused on a California anti-discrimination law.
"Known as the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the state law requires 'business establishments' to offer 'full and equal accommodations' to people regardless of their sexual orientation," The Wall Street Journal reported.
The site that sparked the lawsuit, Christian Mingle, boasts 15 million registered members.
“If I had never used a dating site, I really think my coming-out process would have been a lot more drawn out and a lot more difficult,” she says.
State law requires businesses to offer “full and equal” accommodations and services to people regardless of their sexual orientation.
For now, Christian Mingle will only ask a user whether he or she is a man or woman.
Christian Mingle only required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man.
Two gay men filed class-actions claims against the site’s owner, California-based Spark Networks Inc., claiming that the site’s limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law, The Wall Street Journal reported.