Racial profiling allegations in St. Louis elevate bias discussion for companies

Companies and organizations are giving closer consideration to bias after recent incidents of racial profiling have made news nationally and others have grabbed headlines in Missouri.

On Tuesday, St. Louis-based supermarket chain Schnucks fired an employee who had initially denied a money order to two black customers, who alleged racial profiling.

The same day, Nordstrom Rack executives issued an apology for an incident last week in which three young black men were falsely accused of stealing from a suburban St. Louis store.

A team at Schnucks has been meeting since last fall to focus on diversity and inclusion and devise a plan to train the company’s 13,000 employees on avoiding biases, a spokeswoman said.

Nordstrom Rack said it was “enhancing our internal practices and trainings” but offered no other specifics.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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