Loving Airbnb Host Must Pay Thousands For Racial Discrimination

14 July, 2017, 08:06 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Airbnb host fined $5,000 for canceling a reservation with a racist comment

As part of her punishment, Barker has agreed to participate in a course on Asian-American studies, issue a personal apology to Suh, and comply with anti-discrimination laws, volunteer at a civil-rights organisation, and report rental data for a period of four years, the state housing department said in a press release.

The DFEH and AirBnB had previously come to a landmark agreement that forced AirBnB to screen their hosts for racial bias and punish those that had unfairly discriminated against customers.

In the first penalty resulting from a regulatory agreement that Airbnb signed with the DFEH to protect against discrimination, Barker has been fined $5,000 and must also take a course in Asian-American studies.

In this case, Dyne Suh said she booked a cabin in Big Bear, California, in February and was only minutes away from the cabin after driving through rain and snow when she received text messages from the host, Tami Barker, canceling her reservation. The stipulation of Barker attending a university-level Asian American course came out of mediation sessions.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston.

"We want there to be strong anti-discrimination protections and preventions of harm, but we recognize that the world isn't divided into good guys and bad guys".

After the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack sparked a 10-month-long investigation back in 2016 over hosts refusing to rent their properties to people of color, the home sharing economy allowed DFEH to regulate it for racial bias. "Asian." A little shaken, Suh alerted the host that she would inform Airbnb that they were racist, to which the person replied with more political and racist banter, NBC News reports.

Suh emotionally recounted the incident in a video that was widely shared in April.

Raw Story also noted that Suh has lived in the United States for 23 years. If you're Asian, you're less than human.

Barker's lawyer Edward Lee said in a statement that his client was "regretful for her impetuous actions and comments" but pleased to have resolved the matter with Suh and the DFEH "in a manner that can hopefully bring a positive outcome out of an unfortunate incident". There will always be cases like Nkumbi's, which involve legal charges of assault, but for more subtle racist incidents like Suh's, AirBnB will have to work with local authorities to figure out where the law gets involved.

"I just feel so hurt". "But we're willing to be creative".

Later, she added: "I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners" and "It's why we have Trump".

This article was amended on 13 July 2017.

Tami Barker, the Airbnb host who was subsequently banned from the platform for life, reportedly added in the text exchange with Suh, "that's why we have [President Donald] Trump" to justify her decision, reports the Times.

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