A woman who used a photograph of herself flipping off President Donald Trump's motorcade on social media was sacked from her job for the image.
Juli Briskman was on a bike ride through Sterling, Virginia, last month when the urge to flip off the president's motorcade suddenly came over her.
According to the White House pool reporter on duty that day, Trump had been on his way back to Washington, DC, after spending some time at the Trump National Golf Club.
"It was just a heads-up", she said.
On Halloween, in an attempt to get ahead of her employer finding out that she was the woman in the picture, Briskman told her bosses at the government contracting firm Akima LLC and was promptly fired. She tells HuffPost that in the future she hopes to work for an organization like Planned Parenthood or PETA. But Akima told her that as government contractors, rude hand gestures towards the president is bad for business.More news: Saudi Arabia 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation, says Hezbollah chief
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Briskman's own form of protest against the President was a spur-of-the-moment choice she made while thinking about what she considers to be Trump's poor behavior and job performance. However, soon her bosses called her into a meeting and informed her that she had violated company's social media policy by posting the photo as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter. But became aware after a few friends thought they recognized her and tagged her in the photo, asking.
Ms Briskman also alleges that a male colleague was allowed to keep his job after deleting a post deemed as offensive in a separate incident. "In some ways, I'm doing better than ever", she says.
Akima, a holding company of multiple construction, technology and operations firms, does work with the U.S. government.
Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received.
Virginia is an employment-at-will state, meaning employers can fire people anytime and for any reason. "He pulled promotions for open enlistment in ObamaCare", Briskman said. The company's Bloomberg profile says that Akima is led by CEO Bill Monet. "Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power.' I'm thinking, 'he's at the damn golf course again'". Briskman said the director wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, "You're a f***ing Libtard a**hole". In October, she was riding along what is her usual cycling path in Northern Virginia, when the motorcade drove by. "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something".