Kayak rental company, Airbnb, will pay $10 million to settle claims of sexual harassment and discrimination
Airbnb has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve claims of discrimination and sexual harassment by former employees who said they were sexually harassed and discriminated against at the company’s Austin headquarters.
Airbnb’s lawyer, Matt Barresi, said in a statement Monday that it had “determined that the facts support the company and the allegations” and that the settlement resolves those claims.
The company said it would also “provide $50 million in relief to individuals who suffered significant loss as a result of their wrongful employment.”
Barresi said that the company “will make every effort to ensure that it does not happen again.”
The complaint against Airbnb was filed in August 2015.
In the complaint, which was reviewed by the New York Times, employees said they had to work overtime for weeks on end because the company did not pay them enough.
The complaint said that “there was no clear policy of how or when [the workers] were paid for their work.”
The New York-based company said that it was the victims of sexual and gender discrimination and that it is committed to “upholding the fundamental principles of diversity, inclusion and respect.”
The company has been hit with numerous sexual harassment lawsuits since its inception.
It settled a lawsuit in 2015 with a woman who said that a co-founder, Brian Chesky, made unwanted sexual advances to her in 2012.
In February 2017, Airbnb agreed to a settlement with a former employee who said she was fired because of her gender.
In 2018, Airbnb settled a class action lawsuit with an employee who alleged that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by her co-workers.