Amy Cooper, the white woman dubbed “Central Park Karen” after she accused a black birdwatcher of threatening her in 2020, has lost a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was illegally fired for being racist.
U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams rejected Cooper’s claim Wednesday that he was defamed when former employee Franklin Templeton, a holding company, fired him a day after the viral confrontation in Central Park.
Cooper said Franklin Templeton and chief executive Jenny Johnson continued to portray her as a “white ‘Karen’ woman” after publicly saying she was fired after an investigation into the incident.
In May 2020, Cooper went viral after a video showed her screaming at Christian Cooper and calling the police to say an “African American man” had “threatened” her while walking her dog in Central Park.
Her lawsuit, filed in May 2021, argued that her call to the police had nothing to do with Christian’s race — but instead because “an overzealous bird watcher” had singled her out as a “target” in a fight between birds and dogs. love
Cooper was charged by the Manhattan District Attorney in July 2020 with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. The charges were eventually dropped by prosecutors after she attended therapy sessions about racial bias, however she still lost her job.
She has been working at Franklin Templeton as an insurance portfolio manager since 2015.
Cooper claimed in her lawsuit that the former employee’s comments, which received more than 200,000 likes on Twitter, implied that the company had disclosed details about the alleged racism that were not shown in the video, but a Manhattan judge disagreed. .
“The content of the viral video, as well as the conversation surrounding it in both media and social media, is already a matter of public knowledge,” making the defendants’ statements “untraceable as pure opinion,” Abrams said. wrote his decision.
Source : nypost.com