Bizarre Firing

Workers Refuse to Go Ape

Two ex-employees of the Gorilla Foundation have filed a lawsuit contending that they were ordered to bond with Koko the talking ape by displaying their breasts.

According to claims which are hotly debated by scientists, Koko has a vocabulary of more than 1,000 words in American Sign Language.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller claim that Francine "Penny" Patterson, president of the non-profit org, interpreted hand movements by Koko as a demand to see nipples -- and warned Alperin and Keller that their employment status would suffer if they did not honour Koko's requests.

Keller claims that on at least two incidents, Patterson pressured her to expose herself to Koko while they were working outside where other employees could see her.

    On one such occasion, Patterson said, 'Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples. I will turn my back so Kendra can show you her nipples.'
Lawyers for the gorilla group deny "the factual allegations and characterizations in the complaint".

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