Thursday, May 27, 2021

Amy Cooper sues ex-employer for racial discrimination after firing over Central Park incident

The "Central Park Karen" who went viral last summer for calling the police on a Black birdwatcher is suing her former employer for firing her over the incident — accusing the company of axing her without a thorough investigation and discriminating against her because of her race.

In the Manhattan federal suit, Amy Cooper accuses her former employer, Franklin Templeton, of perpetuating her image as a "privileged white female ‘Karen'" by making public statements that it had fired her after conducting an investigation into the incident.

She went viral in May 2020 after video showed her yelling at birder Christian Cooper and calling the police to claim an "African American man" was "threatening" her while she was walking her dog in Central Park.

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