Home rental website Airbnb has banned a host from its platform after the host told a woman wishing to rent her home that she could not stay in the host’s neighborhood because she wears a veil.
Nurjahan Saleque, a 25-year-old British neuroscience student, was looking for an Airbnb to stay at while she completes her PhD in Hamburg, Germany.
According to reports, she requested an apartment hosted by "Claudia." However, her request was declined. When Saleque asked why her request was declined, Claudia responded that Saleque would not "fit into" her neighborhood.
"I'm sorry Nurjahan but as I saw you were wearing a veil I don't think you'd fit into our neighbourhood," she wrote, according to screenshots taken by Saleque and shared on her Facebook page.
In her response to Claudia, Saleque expressed her dismay and referred to Airbnb's anti-discrimination policy, which prevents the company from rejecting guests "based on race, colour, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status."
After being informed of the incident, Airbnb banned the host from its service.