Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sesame Place for Racial Discrimination


A second family has come forward accusing Sesame Place of racial discrimination and a class action lawsuit has been filed...

ABC 6 reports
A Baltimore-based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Sesame Place after another family said they were treated unfairly due to the color of their skin.
The Wednesday afternoon announcement from attorneys with Murphy, Falcon & Murphy comes following outrage over a viral video that appears to show the costumed character, Rosita, snubbing two young Black girls during a parade at the park.
But Malcolm Ruff, one of the attorneys, said they are representing the Burns family, a different family than the one seen in the viral video.
The law firm released its own video that it says shows several Sesame Place characters snubbing 5-year-old Kennedi Burns, a Black child visiting from Maryland.
The child's family says four Sesame Place characters ignored her when they visited the park on Father's Day of this year.
The lawsuit alleges that SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. engages in pervasive and appalling race discrimination against children in the operation of Sesame Place Philadelphia.
The suit claims that Sesame Place violated Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which protects people against racial discrimination in the creation and enforcing of contracts. When the Burns family bought tickets, they entered a contract with the amusement park, said Ruff, and by being discriminated by costume character actors, this contract was "breached, solely because of the race of the children."

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