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MichaelPlant comments on EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: MichaelPlant 06 June 2018 05:51:33PM 0 points [-]

A potential spanner: how would you restrict this to EAs? Is that legal? I doubt you can refuse service to people on the basis of what would be considerd an irrelevant characteristic. Analogy: could you have a hotel only for people of a certain race or sex?

Comment author: Liam_Donovan 09 June 2018 03:43:26AM 3 points [-]

It's pretty simple: just get EAs to move in and don't advertise vacancies the rest of the time. That might sound sketchy, but I think it's essentially what the old owners did -- they let friends/long-time guests stay but didn't rent out the rest of the rooms. It might not fly in, like, Tahiti, but Blackpool has an enormous glut of accomodation. The impression I got from Greg is that lots of hotel owners there are already restricting occupancy to friends/family; a de-facto restriction to EAs shouldn't be a major problem, especially since (at least in the US) non-EAs are not a protected class.

Furthermore, if some random person really wants to stay there at inflated rates despite the complete lack of advertising, that would be a net benefit for the hotel, as Greg mentions in his post.

Comment author: MichaelStJules 22 June 2018 02:34:19AM *  2 points [-]

There are protected characteristics, like race and gender, and the only way I can see EA/non-EA being covered is through beliefs. This first link only says religion specifically, but the second includes philosophical beliefs more generally:

https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/section/10

More here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

I would guess that nonprofits that only serve people of a certain protected characteristics can also be legal, e.g. women's shelters. Maybe it could fall under Services and public functions, Premises or Associations:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/part/3

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/part/4

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/part/7