Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Airbnb Bans Trump Supporter Who Cancelled Traveller's Stay Because Of Her Race

Airbnb Bans Trump Supporter Who Cancelled Traveller's Stay Because Of Her Race

Regulators with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said the $5,000 fine, which Barker must pay to Suh for the damages inflicted, was in line with other judgments in housing discrimination cases.

Baker's full punishment includes paying Suh $5,000 in damages, completing a college-level course on Asian-American studies, make a personal apology to Suh, follow all anti-discrimination laws, participate in a community education panel, and volunteer with a civil-rights organization.

In February, Dyne Suh, a 26-year-old law clerk, had booked a mountain cabin in Big Bear, California, for $250 a night from Tami Barker for a skiing weekend with friends. "Asian." She also explained that "it's why we have Trump... and I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners".

After driving several hours through inclement weather conditions, Suh texted Baker to let her know they were almost there and to confirm the cost.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston.

This settlement is the first time that an Airbnb host has been punished under the platform's agreement with the DFEH.

Though AirBnB's P2P (person to person) business set-up allows for flexibility, it does leave a gaping wide hole for hosts' racial bias and internalized racism to shine through.

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Until that point, Airbnb, like other "sharing economy" companies including Uber and Instacart, had repeatedly resisted industry regulations, arguing that it was a "platform" and not subject to local laws and requirements that apply to similar businesses. "Humans have biases and we also need to recognize that humans change", he added. I believe that the more people learn about and understand our history and our struggles, the more they can feel empathy towards us and treat us as equals.

'The more we speak out, the harder it becomes for people to ignore, deny, or trivialize our lived experiences of being discriminated against like this day-to-day, ' Suh's post continued.

In a followup Facebook post after the incident, Suh asked readers to consider the discrimination that others with even more marginalized identities face ― noting bigotry towards these groups often results in far more serious consequences than what she experienced. The tests, in which investigators create fake accounts and request stays, apply to California hosts who have had complaints lodged against them and have at least three postings - about 6,000 hosts per the Guardian.

The woman, Dyne Suh, a law student at UCLA, said she was driving in a snowstorm to the Big Bear cabin when she received the text messages via the Airbnb mobile app.

Kish hopes that this first case will send a message to hosts: "We're watching", he said.

"That opened the door to a lot of creative thinking".

Mashable reached out to Airbnb for additional comment.

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