Law and Norms in the Market Response to Discrimination in the Sharing Economy

Posted: 20 Jun 2019 Last revised: 10 Nov 2019

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Naomi Schoenbaum

George Washington University Law School

Date Written: May 1, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Schoenbaum, Naomi, Law and Norms in the Market Response to Discrimination in the Sharing Economy (May 1, 2019). 13 Law & Ethics of Human Rights Journal 1 (2019); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2019-66; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-66. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3403728

Naomi Schoenbaum (Contact Author)

George Washington University Law School ( email )

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United States

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