Airbnb announced a new program aimed at opening careers in engineering and data science to minorities, women, veterans, and other groups underrepresented in the tech sector, reports Marisa Kendall of the Bay Area News Group.
The firm's effort to address a lack of workplace diversity comes at a time when Airbnb faces allegations of racial discrimination on its home-sharing platform. Kendall writes:
The new diversity initiative comes days after Airbnb kicked a landlord in North Carolina off the platform for reportedly sending racist messages to a traveler who wanted to stay in his home. Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky tweeted that the incident was "disturbing and unacceptable."
Meanwhile there have been widespread accusations that Airbnb landlords discriminate against African American travelers, prompting the Twitter hashtag "#AirbnbWhileBlack."