The city of San Francisco, which is the location of Airbnb’s headquarters, has enacted a new law that would force Airbnb hosts to register with the city or else the company would face a fine per host. Airbnb allows users to rent unique accommodations from local hosts in many countries, a much different travel experience from renting a hotel room. The article below details an interview with Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk about the controversies surrounding the company and how it is dealing with accusations of discrimination. Race discrimination can be defined as treating someone unfavorably because he/she is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race. Hosts with biases and racial prejudices have garnered much negative attention for the company. For example, a North Carolina host was permanently banned after allegedly telling a woman she could not stay at his place because she was black; the host also used a racial slur towards her multiple times. While hosts on Airbnb are allowed to turn away potential guests for a variety of reasons, race is not one of them. Airbnb has stated that it does not stand for racial discrimination and is evaluating how to prevent future discrimination as the company grows. Employment attorneys, law firms, and agencies, such as the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), hope to combat, remedy and prevent discrimination that individuals, such as consumers and employees, face. Employers have a responsibility when a worker reports harassment and/or discrimination. Consider contacting a labor lawyer near you today if you are experiencing similar mistreatment.
Source: WBUR-FM and USA Today