Airbnb host who canceled reservation over race fined $5,000

Airbnb host who canceled reservation over race fined $5,000

Airbnb will allow California to test for racial discrimination by some hosts following reports of bias against African Americans, transgender people and other minority groups.

As part of an agreement with state officials, Barker also agreed to personally apologize to Suh and perform community service at a civil rights organization.

A message left at a number listed for Barker was not immediately returned. Her attorney, Edward Lee, said his client was "regretful for her impetuous actions and comments" and is pleased to have resolved the matter.

Suh said in a statement posted on Facebook that she was pleased the settlement included Barker's agreement to attend an Asian-American studies course and hoped the settlement would encourage others to report discrimination.

"I hope that more victims of discrimination will feel encouraged to come forward with their own stories," Suh wrote. "Your pain is not insignificant and you are not alone."

Associated Press writer Janie Har in San Francisco contributed to this report.
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