Sesame Place has announced the implementation of diversity and inclusion training for its employees following a $25 million class-action lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination after outcry sparked by a video of a costumed character snubbing two 6-year-old Black girls went viral online.
The Associated Press
The Sesame Street-themed park, operated by SeaWorld Parks, in a statement Tuesday, August 9, said that all employees will be mandated to participate in training created to address bias, promote inclusion and prevent discrimination by the end of September.
The training — which was developed by civil rights educators — will also be integrated into onboarding for all new employees and “will become a regular part of our training and workforce development,” the statement said.
Outrage ensued online in July when a video went viral showing a Sesame Street character waving off two Black girls during a parade at Sesame Place. Jodi Brown, the mother of one of the girls, posted the video on Instagram.
President of Sesame Place Philadelphia Cathy Valeriano said the park has already begun implementing temporary measures while a review of the park continues.
“We are committed to making sure our guests feel welcome, included, and enriched by their visits to our park,” Valeriano said.
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