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Woman in Viral Central Park Video Loses Suit Over Firing

  • Judge rejects Cooper’s claims against Franklin Templeton
  • Franklin Templeton says it responded appropriately to incident
An image from a May 25 video provided by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog at Central Park in New York.

An image from a May 25 video provided by Christian Cooper shows Amy Cooper with her dog at Central Park in New York.

Photographer: Christian Cooper/AP

A woman labeled “Central Park Karen” lost a lawsuit against Franklin Resources Inc. in which she claimed her former employer unfairly branded her as a racist and fired her after she was caught on video confronting and calling the police on a Black birdwatcher.

Amy Cooper sued the company, which is more widely known as Franklin Templeton, in May 2021, claiming it publicized the incident on Twitter and falsely claimed it conducted an investigation before firing her. US District Judge Ronnie Abrams on Wednesday threw out the lawsuit, rejecting her claims of racial and sexual discrimination and defamation.