Amy Cooper, who was sacked last May after she was videotaped calling police on a Black birdwatcher in New York City's Central Park, is suing her former employer, claiming it did not adequately investigate the incident.
Franklin Templeton fired Amy Cooper the day after Christian Cooper posted the infamous video to Facebook (where it has been viewed more than 45 million times). "He's recording me and threatening me and my dog", she told the emergency dispatcher.
Cooper was sacked one day after she called police on Christian Cooper (no relation) during an encounter involving her unleashed dog.
Amy Cooper used to work at Franklin Templeton, a financial advisory firm, but was sacked from her job for being "racist".
In the lawsuit, she said Christian Cooper had a history of confrontations with dog owners over their animals being off-leash, and that it was his "practice and intent to cause dog owners to be fearful for their safety and the safety of their dogs". Amy Cooper, the white woman who called 911 on Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper in the park, is suing her former employer for firing her over the incident.More news: European Union to cut air links with Belarus following flight diversion incident
The lawsuit alleged that Amy Cooper was "characterized as a privileged white female "Karen" due to the company's public statements and alleges that the company did not perform an investigation into the incident, as publicly stated, and did not speak with Christian Cooper or obtain the full 911 calls.
Franklin Templeton maintains that that the company did the right thing in firing Cooper.
"We believe the circumstances of the situation speak for themselves and that the Company responded appropriately", a spokesperson said.
The white woman who was recorded on video calling police to claim that a Black bird-watcher was threatening her in New York City's Central Park past year filed suit against her former employer, alleging that the company did not properly consider her fear for personal safety prior to firing her. "We will defend against these baseless claims", Franklin Templeton said in a statement.
The video, which went viral, shows Amy Cooper calling the police.More news: Pfizer, Moderna have refused to sell vaccines directly to Delhi
The encounter escalated, with Amy Cooper warning him that she would call police and tell them there was an African American man threatening her life. The next day, the company said that it had fired her.
"Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately", Franklin Templeton said in a statement. Hours after the video went online, Franklin Templeton posted a statement on Twitter condemning racism and saying she had been suspended while the firm investigated.
In July, Amy Cooper was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.
Charges against Amy Cooper were subsequently dropped, after she attended a therapy course that focused on discouraging the use of racial identities "to harm ourselves or others".
"Ms. Cooper's therapist reported that it was a moving experience and that Ms. Cooper learned a lot in their sessions together, " a prosecutor told the judge at the time.More news: Coveney ‘extremely worrying’ as Ryanair flight grounded and passenger detained
Once criticised all over the world for being a racist, Cooper is now accusing her employer of being a racist and is seeking damages for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence, as per Reuters.