Cheaters’ website sued by Toronto ex-employee

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A Toronto woman is suing dating website Ashley Madison for $20 million for the potentially permanent damage caused to her wrists while typing up fake profiles for the site.

The site, which allows married people looking for extra-marital affairs to meet people online, allegedly paid Doriana Silva $34,000 plus benefits to create 1000 fake female profiles for a Portuguese-language version of the site. Silva, who moved to Toronto from Brazil, was expected to complete the work in just three weeks.

Documents filed by Silva’s lawyers state that the profiles were aimed at encouraging “paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website.” In her claim, Silva says she was led to believe fake profiles were normal business practice in the industry and no one suggested what she was doing was “unlawful or improper.”

The profile building “required an enormous amount of keyboarding”, causing Silva to develop severe pain in her wrists and forearms. The company allegedly ignored her complaints and request for a wrist rest.

The pain has prevented Silva from working since 2011, and her court documents claim her injuries are permanent and she "remains seriously disabled in many if not all aspects of her life."

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.

  • lori on 2013-11-11 9:17:56 AM

    i'm sorry but no way is that kind of damage caused in three weeks, this is someone looking to ride the gravy train. she was fortunate to get paid over $10,000 a week for the work she did. this is a total waste of our tax payers dollars in the judicial system !!!! disgusting !!! i am on my computer all day as are most individuals at home and i've had carpel tunnel, it doesn't occur that fast. maybe she had prior medical problems and this is her way to get a big payout from a pre-existing condition. this is just so wrong !!!

  • lori on 2013-11-11 9:18:01 AM

    i'm sorry but no way is that kind of damage caused in three weeks, this is someone looking to ride the gravy train. she was fortunate to get paid over $10,000 a week for the work she did. this is a total waste of our tax payers dollars in the judicial system !!!! disgusting !!! i am on my computer all day as are most individuals at home and i've had carpel tunnel, it doesn't occur that fast. maybe she had prior medical problems and this is her way to get a big payout from a pre-existing condition. this is just so wrong !!!

  • lori on 2013-11-11 9:22:19 AM

    This sounds like a possible pre-existing medical condition and this person is trying to ride this company's gravy train !!! disgusting, she's lucky to be paid $10,000 a week for the work she did, what a waste of tax payers dollars in the legal system. so many more important and "real" problems to be dealt with, rather than someone trying to get rich pulling a fast one like this. unfortunate !!

  • Maxine on 2013-11-11 9:36:24 AM

    They were going to pay her $34,000 for 3 weeks of work? That's quite the salary for a data entry position. Something is fishy about this!

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