Law

Airbnb's Anti-Discrimination Upgrade Gets It Right

You should be allowed to choose with whom you live, but not if you're renting out your room.

New standards.

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We have the right to pick and choose our friends, romantic partners and guests. And there are laws to ensure that hotels or restaurants can’t discriminate on the basis of race or sex or national origin. What’s less clear is which of these standards should apply to sharing-economy services such as Airbnb, which fall somewhere in between the public and private spheres: The host is renting space, but that space is otherwise private and the host often lives there.

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