Sephora stores close one day after accusation of racial incident with SZA

 New York, Sephora beauty stores will close on Wednesday throughout the country to host training sessions on inclusiveness for all employees, after the African-American singer SZA denounced in social networks have been the victim of a racial incident in one of them.

The media in the country have echoed in the last hours of this measure by Sephora, owned by the LVMH group, which announced through a campaign on May 23 the temporary closure of “each Sephora store, distribution center and corporate office” in USA, although he did not directly mention the incident.

In April, SZA, 28, wrote on her Twitter account that an employee named Sandy had called security at a store in Calabasas, California to “make sure she was not stealing” cosmetics, to which the firm itself he answered, among hundreds of comments of indignation from his followers.

“You are part of the Sephora family, and we are committed to making sure that every member of our community feels welcome and included in our stores,” the company said on Twitter shortly thereafter, on May 1.

According to the campaign that is being carried out after this incident, in the USA. it is known as “racial profiling” (discriminatory treatment for reasons of ethnic origin), Sephora says that it “celebrates differences” and that it builds a community “where diversity is expected”.

This initiative to close the establishments to train employees in the country is reminiscent of the one promoted by Starbucks after a similar case almost a year ago, when two black people were arrested in one of their coffee shops in the city of Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania).

The manager of Starbucks called the police to distrust the presence of the two young people, who were not consuming anything, and when they explained to the agents who were waiting for a third friend, they were arrested as well.

After this incident, which provoked protests and outrage, Starbucks closed for employees to take a course against racial discrimination and the president of the firm, Kevin Johnson, went to Philadelphia to meet with the two affected and apologize personally to them. EFEUSA)


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