American Hero Fired For Flipping Off Trump Motorcade

American Hero Fired For Flipping Off Trump Motorcade

American Hero Fired For Flipping Off Trump Motorcade

The photograph of a Virginia bicyclist sending a one-fingered gesture at the passing motorcade of President Donald Trump may have made her a social media celebrity.

A photo taken from behind by AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski shows Briskman's impromptu protest as black Secret Service SUVs maneuver around her bike.

As some have noted in the wake of Briskman's firing, speaking one's mind on social media has consequences, and everyone should be more aware of it. Her employer said she had violated the company's social media policy.

"Covered Social Media Activity that contains discriminatory, obscene malicious or threatening content, is knowingly false, create [sic] a hostile work environment, or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and will be subject to discipline up to an [sic] including termination of employment".

"How is that any less "obscene" than me flipping off the president?" she asked.

Akima, a holding company of multiple construction, technology and operations firms, does work with the USA government.

Juli Briskman, the woman photographed expressing her feelings toward President Trump was recently fired from her job for posting the image of herself to her Facebook account.

Briskman hadn't responded to an interview request at the time of writing, but she told HuffPost that, "In some ways, I'm doing better than ever".

Working as a marketing and communications specialist for a Virginia-based federal contractor, Briskman was sacked from her job, with the company citing "obscene content" on her social media, namely the "flipping off" incident. "I'm thinking, 'DACA recipients are getting kicked out". The profile that he used to make that comment clearly identifies him as an employee at Akima. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated". He pulled ads for open enrolment in Obamacare.

Virginia is an at-will state for employers, meaning companies can let workers go for any reason.

Briskman, acknowledging that her moment of fame gave her "an opportunity... to say something", is now planning to work at an advocacy group "that she believes in". She was thinking about the devastation in Puerto Rico, about the carnage of last month's mass-shooting in Las Vegas, and about deportations.

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