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Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird Watcher Loses Suit Over Firing

Amy Cooper lost her lawsuit against the investment firm Franklin Templeton, which fired her after she received widespread backlash for calling the police on a Black man bird-watching in New York's Central Park. Cooper lost her job the day after she called the police on Christian Cooper (they are not related) after he asked her to leash her dog as required, NPR reports. "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton," the company said.

Last year, Amy Cooper filed suit, alleging that she was fired based on race and sex, and that Franklin Templeton defamed her and caused her emotional distress. Her argument of racial discrimination was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, who reasoned that Franklin Templeton never referenced her race in any of their statements, but made "condemnations of racism." Amy Cooper additionally claimed she was being held to a double standard due to her sex after three male staffers were not fired following allegations of sexual harassment and insider training, as well as a domestic violence conviction. However, Abrams ruled that Cooper and her coworkers' circumstances, such as their position, experience, and performance, would have to be similar for her charges of sex discrimination to be valid.


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