Sephora to close all locations June 5 for diversity training

Sephora will close all locations Wednesday to hold diversity training for its staff after R<><><&B singer SZA accused the store of racial profiling in April./ppa href="[0]=68.ARDm29_iF1bEIsT37ErmwHlg6ZqG2o9OKSt2tIuoH50YlJbvl-gpklLIyRuRb19-PJK_eb9jgd-gRWAN1PAJO5jM8G3_4lUlUhjhX2UP3aUq1u_2GUXxjL7MFfX7NlXWiRh8zhu1jlF49pOWgyYAO2gk09z7pWfvXeZT9HaUqQ2vcGEABw41RZI3DRDOqBUdP9hIe_RffmcxIUpxfvbaPpXtoBLzeLKo3OhYxJbOyYcytPbGMdWcU7vQImMLhaZRGeaRur8R0AL-XeIZAOcYeI6_JA_-cSVk9ZhrPbxYLQP3s5-N280Fhx_EmRSTpvjRECxv9IPDmoyRUVUrFTVBglUiw2qfEBw8RbtAcffK-X4JI-SG07Y><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>__tn__=-R” target=”_blank”The cosmetic retailer announced on May 23 that every store/a, distribution center and corporate office in the United States will close to hold inclusion workshops./ppIn April, SZA tweeted about her experience in a Sephora in Calabasas, California,strong /strongsaying security was called because a staff member thought she was stealing from the store./pp”Lmao Sandy Sephora location 614 Calabasas called security to make sure I wasn’t stealing. We had a long talk. U have a blessed day Sandy,” SZA tweeted./ppSephora responded to the tweet on May 1 saying, “You are a part of the Sephora family, and we are committed to ensuring every member of our community feels welcome and included at our stores.”/ppIn a statement posted to the Sephora Facebook page, the company also announced its new “We Belong to Something Beautiful campaign,” which focuses on inclusion within its staff and toward its customers./ppSephora said it “will never stop building a community where diversity is expected, self-expression is honored, all are welcomed, and you are included.”/ppThe move toward diversity training is similar to how Starbucks handled an accusation of racial profiling./ppThe coffee chain closed its 8,000 stores nationwide in 2018 for diversity training followinga href=”” target=”_blank” an incident in which police were called on two African American men/a who were meeting at a Philadelphia location. Starbucks has since changed its policy so purchases are no longer required in order to spend time in a Starbucks or use the restroom./p