Sesame Place Philadelphia Announces Company Review and Mandatory Racial Bias Training After Being Sued for Racial Discrimination

Sesame Place Philadelphia announced a company review and pledged to have all employees complete mandatory bias training after a viral video appeared to show prejudice against two young Black girls last month, prompting waves of criticism and a discrimination lawsuit.

The SeaWorld-owned theme park announced a series of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives Tuesday. They involve a racial equity assessment and a commitment that all of the company’s employees will have received bias training by the end of September.

Several outside experts will oversee the changes, including a former member of the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights, the company said in a news release. Cathy Valeriano, the president of Sesame Place Philadelphia, said the company has also implemented “some interim measures” during the review, which include consulting with civil rights groups and community leaders.

“The actions we are taking will help us deliver on our promise to provide an equitable and inclusive experience for all our guests every day,” Valeriano said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Zachary Schermele