Central Park Karen has sued her former employer for discrimination.
Amy Cooper, claims she was fired unjustly over a viral video in which she called the police on a black man.
Filed in a Manhattan court on Wednesday, the federal suit alleges her ex-employer discriminated against her on the basis of her race and gender when she was fired.
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Disputing the company’s public statements, Cooper claims no “legitimate investigation” was ever carried out into the May 2020 incident.
Cooper adding that such a probe would have been conducted if she were not a white person.
Amy Cooper was filmed during an argument with an African American man who confronted her for walking her dog without a leash in New York’s Central Park.
At one point in the encounter, Cooper called the police on the man and claimed he was “threatening [her] life,” despite no clear threat being made in the footage.
She lost her job immediately afterward. Had her dog temporarily confiscated. And was even charged with filing a false report.
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Requesting damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and racial discrimination.
The lawsuit further alleges that investment firm Franklin Templeton helped to perpetuate Cooper’s image as a “privileged white female ‘Karen’”.
Cooper states that Templeton’s public statements portrayed her as a racist with “reckless disregard for the destruction of [her] life.”
She insists she called the NYPD for legitimate reasons and that it was not motivated by bigotry.
“Even a perfunctory investigation would have shown that [Cooper] did not shout at [the birdwatcher] or call the police from Central Park on May 25, 2020 because she was a racist – she did these things because she was alone in the park and frightened to death,”
The lawsuit also characterizes the birdwatcher – identified as Christian Cooper (no relation to Amy) – as “overzealous”.
Cooper claimed that he was “engaged in Central Park’s ongoing feud between birdwatchers and dog owners”.
Adding that he had a history of harassing locals for walking their animals off-leash in violation of park rules.
“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.”
Months after Cooper became infamous as the ‘Central Park Karen’.
It was learned that Amy Cooper made a second call to police over the May encounter.
In that call, she told the police that the black man “tried to assault” her.
Yet, in the footage, it is Central Park Karen who repeatedly approaches the man as he pleads with her to back off.
However, the birdwatcher later refused to cooperate with a police investigation after Cooper was charged for filing a false report.
He told the New York Times that “she’s already paid a steep price.”