Friday, 17 November, 2017

Woman fired for 'obscene' gesture aimed at Trump's motorcade

The Woman Who Went Viral for Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade Has Been Fired Woman Fired for Photo of Her Giving Trump the Finger
Wilma Wheeler | 08 November, 2017, 00:31

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. "But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy". Briskman herself then used it as a profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Akima LLC is a government contractor and according to what they said to her, the photo could hurt their business.

After the cyclist admitted to her bosses at Akima LLC that she was the one in the photo, she was sacked.

"'Basically, you can not have lewd or obscene things in your social media.' So they were calling flipping him off obscene", she added.

Briskman says she'll now be looking for a job with a left-leaning advocacy group like PETA or Planned Parenthood.

"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil", Juli Briskman told the Huffington Post. A First Amendment argument works only when it's the government doing the punishing, not an employer, he said.

Briskman emphasized to her former employer that she wasn't working when the incident happened and her employer isn't mentioned anywhere on her social media accounts. But became aware after a few friends thought they recognized her and tagged her in the photo, asking.

Knowing that people might connect her to Akima, Briskman gave her bosses a heads-up that she was the woman in the photo.

"They said, "We're separating from you.' Basically, you can not have "lewd" or 'obscene" things in your social media", said Briskman, who said her social media accounts do not mention her employer. "I'm angry about where our country is right now".

She was only employed at the company for six months before being let go. "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something". The only account that connected her to the company was LinkedIn.

As reported by the Huffington Post, she also said that her company was not happy with her act of using the viral image as display pic on Facebook and Twitter. Like it or not, whatever you do on social media directly reflects on your employer.

On why she decided to make the gesture, Ms Briskman said: "He was passing by and my blood just started to boil".

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