Sesame Place announces new initiative to strengthen DEI

mole spot After the recent racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the amusement park, it is doing everything possible to fix it. According to CNNBy the end of September, all employees will undergo training and education programs led by national experts, Sesame Place said in a statement. Training programs are designed to remove bias, promote inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure the welcome of guests and staff. In addition, training will become a regular part of workforce development and will extend to all new employees.

The statement continued, “Initiatives include a comprehensive racial equity assessment, development and implementation of an anti-bias training and education program, and enhancements to ensure best-in-class Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) programs. “

Sesame Place has been at the center of controversy after several videos showed employees dressed as Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster, and Abby Cadabie refusing to join the Burns family and ignoring other black guests in attendance.

As we previously reported, a $25 million class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Pennsylvania on behalf of Quinton Burns and his child is against parent company SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. In addition to monetary demands, the lawsuit also asked the court to compel the defendants to make a formal apology to black Americans.

The suit asked the company to avoid hiring racially elder people, provide mandatory cultural sensitivity training to current employees, and hire a national expert to educate them on the history of discrimination against black people in America. Also demanded an inquiry.

Many of our roommates weren’t satisfied with Sesame Place’s attempt to fix the problem with DE&I training. However, they seem to be taking the same approach Starbucks did in 2018 when two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia after a former employee called the police on them. Following the controversy, Starbucks closed all stores nationwide for racial-bias education training. Roommates, tell us your thoughts on this update!

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