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Airbnb Hires Eric Holder to Help Roll Out 'World-Class' Anti-Discrimination Policy

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | July 25, 2016

Airbnb Hires Eric Holder to Help Roll Out 'World-Class' Anti-Discrimination Policy

PHOTO: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (photo via Twitter/Forbes Tech News).

Airbnb has called on former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help craft a "world-class anti-discrimination policy," the company's co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky revealed in a blog post last week.

The San Francisco-based home-sharing platform has received a significant amount of complaints of late with a growing number of African American users alleging racial discrimination. One recent incident resulted in a host being banned from the platform for life.

"Holder will be working with John Relman, a leading civil rights attorney and national expert on fair housing and public accommodation issues," wrote Chesky. "While we have a policy that prohibits discrimination, we want this policy to be stronger."

"And we will require everyone who uses our platform to read and certify that they will follow this policy."

READ MORE: Are Airbnb's Discrimination Issues Fueling a Wave of Inclusive Home Sharing?

Holder, who served as U.S. Attorney General from 2009 to 2015, was the first African American U.S. Attorney General and spent much of his tenure working on civil rights issues.

"Airbnb is committed to building a community where everyone can belong, no matter who they are or what they look like," said Holder in a statement via USA Today. "I'm eager to help them craft policies that will be the model for companies who share Airbnb's commitment to diversity and inclusion."

READ MORE: How is Airbnb Fighting Racism?

In addition to Holder, Airbnb will hire new full-time employees who will be tasked with detecting and addressing instances of discrimination.

Chesky said the company is currently only halfway through its review process, which is being led by Laura Murphy, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington D.C. Legislative Office.

"This process isn’t close to being over, but we want to be as transparent as possible along the way because I know we’ve failed on that front previously," Chesky wrote.


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