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Central Park Karen sues former boss for racial discrimination

Amy Cooper, the white dog-walking Manhattan woman who called 911 on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park, filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Franklin Templeton, alleging the company discriminated against her because of her race.

Cooper, 41, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court against her former employer, Franklin Templeton where she worked as an insurance portfolio manager for defamation, negligence, infliction of emotional distress and racial discrimination.

Franklin Templeton bowed to the public furor and concluded Amy Cooper was racist without conducting a proper inquiry, she argues.

“Franklin Templeton perpetuated and legitimized the story of ‘Karen’ vs. an innocent African American to its perceived advantage, with reckless disregard for the destruction of Plaintiff’s life in the process,” her attorney Matthew Litt writes in the suit.

The company said in a statement after the incident that it was conducting an investigation.

“We believe the circumstances of the situation speak for themselves and that the Company responded appropriately. We will defend against these baseless claims,” Franklin Templeton said in a statement.

Amy Cooper was criminally charged with falsely reporting an incident.