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Amy Cooper, left, has taken legal action against her former employer Franklin Templeton, top right, for firing her over a viral dispute she had with bird watcher Christian Cooper, bottom right (Photos: AP / Google Maps / New York Times)

White woman who made international headlines by calling 911 and falsely accusing a black bird watcher of threatening to kill her has seen the charges against her dropped – but embarks on another scuffle legal. Amy Cooper sued her former employer for firing her over the incident which was filmed and went viral.

Amy filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Franklin Templeton in the Southern District of New York, alleging she suffered racial discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that the investment firm failed to conduct a thorough investigation before firing it a day after the May 25, 2020 incident in Central Park. He claims the company decided to effectively fire her because she is a white woman.

The complaint details Amy’s meeting with birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who asked her to put her dog on a leash, according to park rules. When Amy refused, Christian said he would give his dog treats to keep him away from her. Christian then recorded her report to the police while she was holding her dog.

“I’m going to tell them that an African American man is threatening my life,” Amy told Christian as she called the number. She repeated “African American” twice to the dispatcher.

The next day, Christian’s video shared on Twitter by his sister had garnered more than 30 million views.

Franklin Templeton first suspended Amy, who was responsible for managing the insurance portfolio and had worked for the company for about five years.

In her lawsuit, Amy claims that she “did not yell at Christian Cooper or call the Central Park Police on May 25, 2020, because she was racist – she did these things because she was alone in the park and was afraid of death ”.

The lawsuit further states that “this confrontation became international news as a racial flashpoint, characterized as a privileged white woman ‘Karen’ filmed verbally abusing an African American man for no other reason than color. of his skin ”. He alleges that Franklin Templeton “fed” this characterization.

Franklin Templeton said in a statement Wednesday that he would defend “these baseless allegations.”

“We believe the circumstances of the situation speak for themselves and the company has responded appropriately,” the cabinet said.

Amy was charged with falsifying a police report. However, prosecutors closed the case after she “completed a therapeutic education program that included instruction on racial prejudice.”

Christian said he accepts Amy’s apology and that she should “consider why and how” a dispute “between a birder and a dog walker” has reached a “very dark place”.

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