Airbnb suspends host who denied lodging to transgender woman
Airbnb is coming under fire yet again for claims of discrimination. In this case, Shadi Petosky tried to book lodging through Airbnb but was denied when she revealed to the host that she is transgender.
According to The Guardian, the guest reported the incident to the company in 2015, but they did nothing. Later, the host who denied Petosky lodging was promoted to "super host" status, which rewards hosts who have received five-star ratings from multiple guests.
Petosky recently spoke about the incident again, this time on Twitter:
"I really appreciate your honesty. I'll have to pass though, but thank you. I have a 13-year-old boy going through puberty. I don't want him to feel any discomforts in his own home. Again, thanks for your inquiry & your honesty," the message read from the host read.
The tweet went viral and Airbnb responded. Public affairs director for the company Nick Pappas wrote: "Discrimination has no place in the Airbnb community. We are removing this host from Airbnb."
Airbnb has also been making headlines for racial discrimination. Black users have shared stories of their Airbnb experiences with the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack. Two new companies, Noirbnb and NoireBnB have emerged to help solve this problem for black users.
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