Racist AirBnB host fined for refusing Asian
China / July 14, 2017

A racist AirBnB host who discriminated against an Asian guest has been fined $5,000 – and told she must attend a course on Asian-American studies. Tami Barker cancelled Dyne Suh’s booking, telling her in a message: “One word says it all. Asian.” The fine was imposed due to a new agreement between AirBnB and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). It lets the DFEH examine hosts that have had discrimination complaints. AirBnB is a service that allows normal members of the public to rent out spare rooms, or entire properties, to travellers. The measures followed research and anecdotal evidence that suggested certain races find it more difficult to book rooms than others. Image captionAirBnB has acknowledged it faces a challenge to combat racial discrimination on the service The fine and demand to attend a course, as well as community service with a civil rights organisation, marked the first time the landmark agreement has been used to punish an AirBnB host. “The host walked into this mediation with an attitude of contribution,” Kevin Kish, director of the DFEH, told the BBC. “That opened the door to a lot of creative thinking.” Cancelled Ms Barker cancelled Ms Suh’s booking shortly…