Sephora to close for a day to run inclusion workshops for employees

Makeup retailer Sephora announced Thursday that it was closing on Wednesday, June 5, to host inclusion workshops for its employees. (iStock)

Makeup retailer Sephora closed its shops Wednesday morning to host inclusion workshops for its employees.

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“On the morning of 6/5, every Sephora store, distribution center, and corporate office in the US will close to host inclusion workshops for our employees," the specialty cosmetic retailer wrote in a statement on Facebook. "These values have always been at the heart of Sephora, and we’re excited to welcome everyone when we reopen.”

The workshops are part of the retailer's initiative called "We Belong to Something Beautiful."

"Sephora has always been a values driven organization, but this is its first public articulation of what Sephora stands for and represents," the company said in a statement to Fox Business. "We Belong to Something Beautiful builds on the many diversity and inclusion programs that have existed at Sephora since its inception, and has been in the works for at least one year."

The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned store’s announcement comes weeks after singer SZA claimed in a tweet that security was called on her while she was shopping at a Sephora store in Calabasas, Calif., to “make sure [she] wasn’t stealing.” The company reached out to the singer to apologize.

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“We want to let you know we take complaints like this very seriously and are actively working with our teams to address the situation immediately,” the retailer tweeted at the time.

Like Sephora, Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores last year to conduct “racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination” in its establishments.

The coffee giant's announcement followed a viral video showing two black men being arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. The two men were accused of trespassing after the store’s employees called police claiming they refused to buy anything or leave, according to The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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