A Virginia woman who was sacked from her job for giving President Trump the middle finger as he passed by in his motorcade is learning her lesson the hard way. The photograph was taken as Trump's procession was passing her bike on the way out of a golf club. "I'm thinking, 'DACA recipients are getting kicked out". He pulled ads for open enrolment in Obamacare. "Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power.' I'm thinking, 'he's at the damn golf course again'".
A photographer travelling with the motorcade snapped a picture of Briskman and the image soon went viral, with many hailing Briskman as a hero. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, did not seem very impressed with the action of their employee and chose to fire her over the same.
"I flipped off the motorcade a number of times", she added.
"Basically, you can not have "lewd" or "obscene" things in your social media".
After the cyclist admitted to her bosses at Akima LLC that she was the one in the photo, she was sacked.
"My finger said what I was feeling", Briskman said. "Isn't it funny?'" Briskman told The Washington Post.
After deciding to notify Akima's HR department what had happened, Ms Briskman was called into a meeting and reportedly told she had broken the company's social media policy by using the image as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
"How is that any less "obscene" than me flipping off the president?" she asked the outlet. Briskman herself then used it as a profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
"They said, "We're separating from you, '" Briskman, a mother of two, told the Huff Post".
Knowing that people might connect her to Akima, Briskman gave her bosses a heads-up that she was the woman in the photo.
Her employer wasn't too happy about the photo, and they fired her.
Briskman doesn't believe that Akima fairly applies its social media code of conduct, citing a previous incident involving a male executive.
Akima LLC is a government contractor and according to what they said to her, the photo could hurt their business. "How is that fair?"
The woman, Juli Briskman, has been hailed as a "she-ro" and was the subject of a #Her2020 hashtag campaign, but she told the Huffington Post that she was sacked because of the now infamous photograph.