Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Airbnb Host Who Canceled Reservation Using Racist Comment Must Pay $5000

California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing is cracking down on racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts.                  Lionel Bonaventure  Getty Images California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing is cracking down on racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts. Lionel Bonaventure Getty Images
Velma Reese | 14 July, 2017, 08:09

But her vacation plans were quickly halted when her Airbnb host cancelled on her just as they arrived at their destination.

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 a statement, DFEH director Kevin Kish commended Suh for stepping forward, while adding that the department is "heartened by [Barker's] willingness to embrace corrective measures that are forward-looking and restorative". "The law tends to be backwards-looking, focusing on compensating people for harm".

"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."
The host also screamed "This is not Africa!" at Nkumbi, who reached out to AirBnB after she woke up in the hospital.

"I wouldn't rent it to u if u were the last person on earth", "One word says it all".

Barker made her racist feelings toward Suh blatant in messages she sent to her following the cancelation.

"I've been here since I was 3 years old", she said.

Racism is very much alive. Suh is a U.S. citizen and has lived in the United States for more than 20 years.

"I just so feel so hurt", she said in the clip.

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"A lot of times when we see bias incidents it involves a lack of understanding of the experiences and histories of a particular group of people".

Now, thanks to an investigation from Airbnb, Barker has been banned from the platform and has to pay $5,000 in damages for racial discrimination.

DFEH investigated Suh's case and assisted with mediations between Suh and Barker. In a YouTube video she posted after the ordeal, she said America is the only country she considers "home". "This was a creative way to address that core underlying cause of the bias". "Humans have biases and we also need to recognize that humans change".

Edward Lee, Barker's lawyer, told the Guardian, which first reported the settlement Thursday, that his client was "regretful for her impetuous actions and comments".

Airbnb gave in to the DFEH's demand after researchers and a growing number of reports suggested hosts regularly refuse guests due to their race, a problem exposed in 2016 under the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack.

DFEH's chief counsel, Jon Ichinaga, made it plain that while racism may be endemic in many parts of the United States, in California it is against the law. Baker was the first host to be investigated and subsequently penalized for failing to comply with the agreement and federal discrimination laws. 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 host allegedly messaged back and said: 'Go ahead.

"We were thinking pretty creatively with this agreement".

Adding, 'And I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners'.

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