Even after adopting a nondiscrimination policy, Airbnb is confronting questions about whether hosts using the short-term rental platform discriminate against guests with disabilities.
Airbnb Guilty of Discrimination against People with Disabilities
Airbnb, according to a study by Rutgers University is more likely to deny rentals to people with disabilities than any other group. Yet another corporate entity shows itself to be in contempt of our civil rights. When are corporations going to get through their thick heads that discriminate against anyone, whether it be people with disabilities or others, is not only wrong but illegal. These corporations always seem to think that they can get away with discriminating against people with disabilities, despite the fact that the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 has been on the books for nearly 27 years. You would think by now that corporations would understand that they can no longer deny people with disabilities, their civil rights.
Since it has been shown numerous times over that catering to people with disabilities is not only good business from the standpoint of cost-effectiveness, but because it is the right way to treat people, I can’t understand the corporate mindset that continues to discriminate against us. Don’t they realize that many people with disabilities also have money to spend? Doesn’t Airbnb realize that many disabled people travel and need a place to stay just like everyone else? Maybe if they ever go broke or file for bankruptcy, they will realize their mistake in not catering to people with disability. I hope that day comes along sooner rather than later.
I’m getting very sick and damn tired of these corporations to think it’s okay to discriminate against people. It’s hard enough for people with disabilities to find accommodations in regular hotels, both because of price and lack of accessibility, mainly because the hotel industry is one of the largest discriminators against people with disabilities that exist in the United States. However, even they have finally woke up and realized that doing business with people with disabilities is good business. Why can’t Airbnb come to the same awakening?
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