Yelp Launches New 'Open to All' Feature to Protect Diners From Discrimination

Published 08-02-2018

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Yelp has a brand new feature designed to protect customers from discrimination. The attribute, titled "Open to All," can be found under the "more business info," section of a restaurant's page. This is the same section consumers would check to find out if the eatery accepts credit cards or takes reservations.

Businesses that are Open to All are committed to serving anyone and everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, or disability. Yelp published a blog post by senior vice president of public policy Luther Lowe detailing the new feature. (Lowe does not mention anything about political beliefs - something that's not yet protected by law.)

The new component is actually part of a larger campaign of the same name that was inspired by the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple's wedding.

Open to All is supported by more than 175 national and state organizations including Levi Strauss and Co., Airbnb, Lyft, and Thumbtack. The movement's mission is to advocate for nondiscrimination laws in the U.S. and "defend the bedrock principle that when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be Open to All."

Here's to hope for a world in which everyone can be respectful and accepting of one another. Truth be told, we can all work on being better people, starting with these 15 nice things you need to say more often.

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