August 23, 2017 / 1:06 PM / 3 months ago

Actor Danny Glover joins Airbnb as adviser

(Reuters) - Hollywood actor and political activist Danny Glover joined online rental marketplace Airbnb as an adviser to engage communities of color to help the website turn around its image of discrimination against non-white guests.

File Photo: U.S. actor Danny Glover arrives before a ceremony to reopen the Cuban embassy in Washington, July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Harnik/Pool

“Airbnb has had its own share of challenges in this arena,” Glover said on Wednesday in a post.

San Francisco-based Airbnb commissioned a report last year saying it will revamp its anti-discrimination policy.

Last month, an Airbnb host was penalized for racial discrimination under an agreement between the rental website and the California department of fair employment and housing (DFEH).

The host, who was later banned by Airbnb, had canceled a woman's reservation making a racist remark and was ordered to pay $5,000 in damages. reut.rs/2vmLPsI

Airbnb launched a partnership with civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to expand its services to minority groups. bit.ly/2tZlIHq

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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