RT Viral: Airbnb host to pay $5000 for racist tirade, last-minute cancellation


Barker was also instructed to attend a course on Asian-American studies in hopes that educating her about Asian Americans would reduce possible tendencies to repeat her actions later as well.

Suh had booked the home in February as part of a skiing trip with her fiance and friends in Big Bear, California.

Tami Barker airbnb host to pay $5k after denying Dyne Suh reservation (pictured).

In a text message, Barker said, "One word says it all".

Suh, who has been living in America since she was three-years-old and is a citizen, said the incident was sparked after she asked the host if she could add her two puppies and two friends to the reservation. "I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners".

Following the incident, Suh reportedly shot a YouTube video in the snow, recounting the incident and showing screenshots of the exchange.

Regulators with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said the $5,000 fine, which Barker must pay to Suh for the damages inflicted, was in line with other judgments in housing discrimination cases. It is the first such penalty that has been handed out and will act as a warning for any racially prejudiced person, who might be considering signing up as an Airbnb hosts.

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Discrimination in California under civil rights laws comes with a $4,000 minimum fine, and it's great to see more than "the minimum" being delivered. "If you are Asian, you're less than human and people can treat you like trash", Ms Suh, who worked as a law clerk at the Riverside County Public Defence's Office, said in the video. Your pain is not insignificant and you are not alone. "By joining this community, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias". She claims that despite becoming a citizen and living in the US since she was three years old, people don't see her as an American, but as an Asian.

But Airbnb's partner, California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), has also dolled out other punishments that aptly fit the crime.

The DFEH undertook their own investigation and mediated conversations between Suh and Barker's lawyer.

"Not everybody knows that we're here", Kish said to BBC.

"We were thinking pretty creatively with this agreement".

The home-sharing company has come under fire after reports of discrimination on the site and criticisms that it has been slow to address the issues.

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