‘Central Park Karen’ Amy Cooper sues ex-employer for racial discrimination

‘Central Park Karen’ Amy Cooper sues ex-employer for racial discrimination

‘Central Park Karen’ Amy Cooper sues ex-employer for racial discrimination

Amy Cooper - the white woman branded Central Park Karen after calling the police on a Black birdwatcher, Christian Cooper, past year - is suing her employer for false dismissal, due to the so-called "discrimination" she faces as a white woman.

Amy Cooper was sacked from her job amid the fallout of her Central Park confrontation.

Amy Cooper maintains in the suit that she called the police out of fear for her safety and that of her dog, and that the call was not racially motivated.

Cooper this week suedinvestment firm Franklin Templeton, claiming the company did not perform a legitimate investigation before firing her and alleging that they falsely labeled her a racist as she became nationally known as "Central Park Karen".

Amy Cooper, who was promptly dubbed the "Central Park Karen" by social media users, argues in the lawsuit that Christian Cooper (hereafter referred to as "Christian" since they have the same last name) was an "overzealous birdwatcher" who was looking to scare dog owners.

Ms Cooper, who had been working as a portfolio manager at the investment firm until she was sacked in the backlash to the call, accused the company of discrimination, saying an investigation would have been done if she were not a white woman.

Franklin Templeton, a holding company, fired Amy Cooper the day after the Central Park altercation, saying in a statement that it does "not tolerate racism of any kind", the suit states.

Christian Cooper's sister later posted the video to Twitter, where it racked up tens of million of views.

"We believe the circumstances of the situation speak for themselves", the statement said.

Franklin Templeton characterized the lawsuit's claims as "baseless" in a statement Wednesday and plans to defend itself.

"It was Christian Cooper's practice and intent to cause dog owners to be fearful for their safety and the safety of their dogs, and he had a history of doing so to people, including to one African American man who wrote national media stating: when I saw that video, I thought, I can not imagine if he approached [Plaintiff] the same way how she may have genuinely been afraid for her life, '" the suit stated, referencing comments made by in Cooper's defense by pet owner Jerome Lockett.

"I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life", she said, later repeating Christian Cooper's race. The next day, the company said that it had fired her. "Franklin Templeton would have conducted a proper investigation before firing her if she was of a different race or a different gender".

He said he was uncomfortable with the mass outrage directed at Ms Cooper, adding to the Times, "If our goal is to change the underlying factors, I am not sure that this young woman having her life completely torn apart serves that goal". The charges were dropped in February after Cooper completed therapy that included instruction on not using racial bias.

"I am one of the few male African-Americans who birds the Ramble regularly", Mr Cooper told The New York Times at the time.

In the lawsuit, Amy Cooper demanded that the company compensate her for lost wages, emotional distress, attorneys fees and punitive damages, among others.

She had been accused of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.

She's seeking unspecified damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence - and racial discrimination.

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