September 8, 2016

Congressional Black Caucus Commends Airbnb on Today’s Report to Address Discrimination Practices

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, and Rep. Barbara Lee Commend Airbnb on Today’s Report to Address Discrimination Practices

September 8, 2016 
Press Release

The Popular On-line Booking Site Takes a 90-Day Review of Platform Practices Following Reports of Exclusions of African Americans and other minorities from booking rooms on its website

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement to commend Airbnb on its report to address racial discrimination and abuse:

“The Congressional Black Caucus commends Airbnb and its CEO, Brian Chesky, for taking this significant first step to address racial discrimination and exclusion of African Americans and other minorities on the company’s platform,” said CBC Chairman Butterfield, who serves as co-chair of the CBC Diversity Taskforce. “We appreciate the opportunity to voice our concerns and provide recommendations on earlier reports, and the company’s willingness and efforts to take the issue of discrimination seriously, which is evident with the measures set forth in the report designed to prevent future discrimination and ill-treatment of its customers.  This is a standard that can be modeled throughout the tech industry.”     

“After meeting with Airbnb staff, it is encouraging that the company has decided to respond constructively to the letter Chairman Butterfield and I sent to CEO Brian Chesky in June regarding discriminatory behavior by a number of Airbnb hosts,” said Congressman Cleaver, a member of the CBC Diversity Taskforce.  “This is a commendable step in the right direction, and I am confident that Airbnb will continue to take the correct actions to ensure that all consumers are treated as equals when using Airbnb’s services.”

“I’m encouraged by Airbnb’s efforts to address racial discrimination and abuse,” added Congresswoman Lee, a co-chair of the CBC Diversity Taskforce. “Today’s report displays a real and serious commitment to serving all people. This report is an important first step that I’m confident will be followed by further action.”

In June, Chairman Butterfield and Congressman Cleaver submitted a letter to Airbnb, Inc. CEO, Brian Chesky, to urge the company to conduct a comprehensive review of accusations of racial discrimination practices and find solutions that address the issue. Members of the CBC Diversity Taskforce applaud Airbnb for today’s policy solutions such as increasing workforce and supplier diversity and implementing a new nondiscrimination policy with a commitment to equality and fairness in user treatment regardless of race.  

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