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Happy Valley Woman Says Airbnb Policies Lead To Discrimination

A Happy Valley woman is suing Airbnb Inc., claiming the international short-term rental company allows some property owners the option to reject African-Americans and other minorities who try to book rentals.

Patricia Harrington’s 11-page complaint filed Monday, March 6, claims that Airbnb’s rental platform discriminates against people of color and violates Oregon’s public accommodation laws.

Portland attorneys Stoll Berne and Nick Kahl LLC, representing Harrington, asked Multnomah County Circuit Court to certify the case as a class action on behalf of minority renters who were rejected by property owners using Airbnb’s program.

“Airbnb is a public accommodation under Oregon law because it offers services and lodging to the public,” said attorney Nicholas A. Kahl. “Airbnb, like all other providers of public accommodations, must follow the law by preventing and prohibiting discrimination.”

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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