Law and Norms in the Market Response to Discrimination in the Sharing Economy
13 Law & Ethics of Human Rights Journal 1 (2019)
Posted: 20 Jun 2019 Last revised: 10 Nov 2019
Date Written: May 1, 2019
Sharing-economy firms have opposed the application of antidiscrimination law to their transactions. At the same time, these firms have heralded their ability to achieve antidiscrimination aims without the force of law, and have adopted various measures to address discrimination. This Article documents and assesses these measures, focusing on the relationship between law and norms. Relying on the sharing economy as a case study, this Article shows how law can play a crucial role in spurring antidiscrimination efforts by firms that it does not regulate, but also how antidiscrimination law might nonetheless be undermined by these voluntary efforts.
Keywords: antidiscrimination law, norms, market, sharing economy, sex, gender, race, discrimination
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