In late October, Juli Briskman, a Virginia resident, was riding her bike down the road when President Donald Trump’s motorcade drove down the road departing Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. when she got the brilliant idea to flip him off.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 29, 2017
The GP reported: Hashtags about the incident began circulating on Twitter, such as #Her2020. Comedians made jokes. She received support across all social media platforms.
Unfortunately, her government employer Akima LLC did not find the woman’s stunt so funny.
Her employer, Akiva LLC, did not find her actions quite as amusing as the Internet did. The government contractor canned the 50-year-old mother of two, effective immediately.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” said Briskman, as reported by Huffington Post. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Briskman lives in Virginia, an employment-at-will state. This means employers can fire anyone at any time for just about any reason.
The woman worked as a marketing manager for the firm and even told them that she was the person in the viral photo, opting to get in front of the story before things got out of hand. It didn’t work.
Briskman is a registered Democrat and hopes to get a new job at an advocacy group she believes in, such as Planned Parenthood.