Airbnb, the popular vacation rental site that allows people to rent out their homes, or stay in other’s homes around the world, is being sued for race discrimination. According to a recent news reports, an African American man has alleged that he was racially discriminated against when trying to book listings on the site.
Despite his complaints to the company, the company ignored the man’s allegations the complaint asserts. According to the lawsuit, the man attempted to book a listing, first as a black man, then two separate times as a white man. He was denied a space by the host when he used his real picture, but when he used fake accounts with white profile pictures, his requests to rent were accepted. He then contacted Airbnb, which failed to respond.
A spokesperson from the company noted that while it cannot comment on pending litigation, it believes “discrimination is unacceptable” and is contrary to its philosophy of bringing people together.