A California man in the process of getting a divorce said on Monday he was suing a popular online dating service that barred him from joining until his marriage is officially over.
John Claassen, a 36-year-old lawyer, said he was ready to resume dating but maintains that Pasadena, California-based agency eHarmony is violating his civil rights by not letting him use its service before his divorce is official.
The Oakland, California-based lawyer said he is asking a state judge to end eHarmony's policy of only admitting unmarried people to its dating service.
"There are a lot of people out there in my situation who would like to move on but under these policies can't," Claassen said.
The company, which advertises it is "dedicated to helping serious singles build lasting relationships," did not return calls for comment.
Claassen said his lawsuit is based on a state law requiring businesses to disregard a person's marital status in the provision of services.