September 13, 2016
Yvette Hobzek, a Seattle-area real estate broker, filed suit against vacation rental company HomeAway on Monday, alleging racial discrimination. Hobzek, a 49-year-old African-American woman, claims she was barred from booking accommodations through HomeAway-owned VRBO because of her race. The proposed class action suit accuses the company of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “explicitly prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, such as hotels, motels, restaurants, movie theatres and sports arenas.” Hobzek’s lawyers claim that, as a public lodging company, HomeAway falls into that category. Hobzek is also suing for several other discrimination-related counts, including violation of the Fair Housing Act….