NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Last Updated: April 19, 2021

ExploringNotBoring is an open community dedicated to bringing the world closer together by fostering meaningful, shared experiences among people from all parts of the world. Our community will continue to grow, adding millions of people from every country on the globe, drawing together diverse individuals from different cultures, values, and norms.

 

The ExploringNotBoring community is committed to building an inclusive, re-connected world where people from every background feel welcome and respected. This commitment rests on two foundational principles that apply both to ExploringNotBoring’s Partners as well as Seekers: inclusion and respect. Our shared commitment to these principles enables all Members of our community to feel welcome on the ExploringNotBoring Platform no matter who they are, where they come from, how they worship, or whom they love. ExploringNotBoring recognizes that some jurisdictions permit, or require, distinctions among individuals based on factors such as national origin, gender, marital status or sexual orientation, and it does not require Partners to violate local laws or take actions that may subject them to legal liability.. ExploringNotBoring will provide additional guidance and adjust this nondiscrimination policy to reflect such permissions and requirements in the jurisdictions where they exist.

While we do not believe that one company can mandate harmony among all people, we do believe that the ExploringNotBoring community can promote empathy and understanding across all cultures. We are all committed to doing everything we can to help eliminate all forms of unlawful bias, discrimination, and intolerance from our platform. We want to promote a culture within the ExploringNotBoring community—Partners, Seekers and people just considering whether to use our platform—that goes above and beyond mere compliance. To that end, all of us, the ExploringNotBoring Crew, Partners and Seekers alike, agree to read and act in accordance with the following policy to strengthen our community and realize our mission of ensuring that everyone can belong, and feels welcome.

  • Inclusion – We welcome people of all backgrounds with open minds. Joining ExploringNotBoring, as a Partner or Seeker, means becoming part of a community of inclusion. Bias, prejudice, racism, and hatred have no place on our platform or in our community. While Partners are required to follow all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on such factors as race, religion, national origin, and others listed below, we commit to do more than comply with the minimum requirements established by law.

  • Respect – We are respectful of each other in our interactions and encounters. ExploringNotBoring appreciates that local laws and cultural norms vary around the world and expects Partners and Seekers to abide by local laws, and to engage with each other respectfully, even when views may not reflect their beliefs or upbringings. ExploringNotBoring’s Members bring to our community an incredible diversity of background experiences, beliefs, and customs. By connecting people from different backgrounds, ExploringNotBoring fosters greater understanding and appreciation for the common characteristics shared by all human beings and undermines prejudice rooted in misconception, misinformation, or misunderstanding.

Specific Guidance for Partners in the United States, European Union, and Canada

As a general matter, we will familiarize ourselves with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that apply to varied offerings in the ExploringNotBoring Community. Some jurisdictions may have additional legal requirements that expand or limit the civil right protections of the user community. Partners are required to comply with such legal requirements. Partners should contact ExploringNotBoring customer service if they have any questions about their obligations to comply with this ExploringNotBoring Nondiscrimination Policy. ExploringNotBoring will release further discrimination policy guidance for jurisdictions outside the United States in the near future. Guided by these principles, our United States., European Union, and Canadian Partner community will follow these rules when considering potential Seekers:

Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Marital Status

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may not:

    • Decline a booking based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

    • Post any listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any Seeker on account of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Gender Identity

ExploringNotBoring does not assign a gender identity to our users. We consider the gender of individuals to be what they identify and/or designate on their user profiles, and we expect our ExploringNotBoring community to do the same. This includes respecting the pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/them, etc.) any users within the community identify themselves with.

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may not:

    • Decline a booking from a Seeker based on gender identity unless the Experience being offered requires the Partner(s) & Seeker(s) to share living spaces (for example, bathroom, kitchen, or common areas).

    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on gender unless the Experience being offered requires the Partner(s) & Seeker(s) to share living spaces.

    • Post any Listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any Seeker on account of gender, unless the Experience being offered requires the Partner(s) & Seeker(s) to share living spaces.

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may:

    • Partners may offer a single gender Experience if it is necessary to create a safe space (one that does not incite harm or danger and one that is not illegal), protect the safety and privacy of participants, and/or comply with legal or cultural requirements.

Age and Familial Status

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may not:

    • Impose any different terms or conditions or decline a reservation based on the Seeker’s age or familial status, where prohibited by law.

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may:

    • Provide factually accurate information about the physical nature of an Experience that could make the Experience unsafe or unsuitable for Seekers of a certain age or families with children or infants.

    • Note in their Listings applicable community restrictions (e.g. age-restricted communities), regulations, or laws that prohibit Seekers under a particular age or families with children or infants.

Disability

Due to the broad range of Experience offerings, ExploringNotBoring Experience Partners may need to inquire about Seekers’ abilities to participate in certain physical activities or inquire about Seekers’ accommodation needs to best prepare their Experiences. 

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may not:

    • Decline a Seeker based on any actual or perceived disability.

    • Impose any different terms or conditions based on the fact that the Seeker has a disability.

    • Substitute their own judgment about whether an Experience meets the needs of a Seeker with a disability for that of the prospective Seeker.

    • Inquire about the existence or severity of a Seeker’s disability, or the means used to accommodate any disability. If, however, a potential Seeker raises his or her disability, a Partner may, and should, discuss with the potential Seeker whether the Listing meets the potential Seeker’s needs.

    • Prohibit or limit the use of mobility devices.

    • Charge more in fees for Seekers with disabilities.

    • Post any Listing or make any statement that discourages or indicates a preference for or against any Seeker on account of the fact that the Seeker has a disability.

    • Refuse to communicate with Seekers through accessible means that are available, including relay operators (for people with hearing impairments) and e-mail (for people with vision impairments using screen readers).

    • Refuse to provide reasonable accommodations, including flexibility when Seekers with disabilities request modest changes in your rules, or using an available parking space nearer the Experience location. When a Seeker requests such an accommodation, the Partner and the Seeker should engage in a dialogue to explore mutually agreeable ways to ensure the Experience meets the Seeker’s needs.

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may:

    • Provide factually accurate information about the physical nature of an Experience to allow Seekers to assess for themselves whether the Experience is appropriate given their individual needs.

  • Actively engage with Seekers who have disclosed disabilities and/or have questions regarding the accessibility of an Experience, and to consider reasonable accommodation requests.

  • Seek opportunities to provide reasonable accommodations where accommodating a request would not substantively change the nature of the activity.

Personal Preferences

  • ExploringNotBoring Partners may:

    • Except as noted above, ExploringNotBoring Partners may decline a booking based on factors that are not prohibited by law. For example, except where prohibited by law, ExploringNotBoring Partners may decline a booking with Seekers who do not meet minimum requirements for health & safety measures or who want to increase the number of Seekers allowed with an Experience.

When Seekers are turned down. Partners should keep in mind that no one likes to be turned down. While a Partner may have, and articulate, lawful and legitimate reasons for turning down a potential Seeker, it may cause that member of our community to feel unwelcome or excluded. Partners should make every effort to be welcoming to Seekers of all backgrounds. Partners who demonstrate a pattern of rejecting Seekers from a protected class (even while articulating legitimate reasons) undermine the strength of our community by making potential Seekers feel unwelcome, and ExploringNotBoring may suspend Partners who have demonstrated such a pattern from the ExploringNotBoring platform or permanently deactivate the Partner’s account.

Specific Guidance for Partners Outside the United States, European Union, and Canada

Outside of the United States, the European Union, and Canada, some countries or communities may allow or even require people to make accommodation distinctions based on, for example, marital status, national origin, gender or sexual orientation, in violation of our general nondiscrimination philosophy. In these cases, we do not require Partners to violate local laws, nor to accept Seekers that could expose the Partners to a real and demonstrable risk of arrest, or physical harm to their persons or property. Partners who live in such areas should set out any such restriction on their ability to Partner particular Seekers in their Listing, so that prospective Seekers are aware of the issue and ExploringNotBoring can confirm the necessity for such an action. In communicating any such restrictions, we expect Partners to use clear, factual, non-derogatory terms. Slurs and insults have no place on our platform or in our community.

What happens when a Partner does not comply with our policies in this area?

If a particular Listing contains language contrary to this nondiscrimination policy, the Partner will be asked to remove the language and affirm his or her understanding and intent to comply with this policy and its underlying principles. ExploringNotBoring may also, in its discretion, take steps up to and including suspending the Partner from the ExploringNotBoring platform or permanently deactivating the Partner’s account.

If the Partner improperly rejects Seekers on the basis of protected class, or uses language demonstrating that his or her actions were motivated by factors prohibited by this policy, ExploringNotBoring will take steps to enforce this policy, up to and including suspending the Partner from the platform or permanently deactivating the Partner’s account.

As the ExploringNotBoring community grows, we will continue to ensure that ExploringNotBoring’s policies and practices align with our most important goal: To ensure that Seekers and Partners feel welcome and respected in all of their interactions using the ExploringNotBoring platform. The public, our community, and we ourselves, expect no less than this.