A woman pictured raising her middle finger toward US President Donald Trump’s motorcade has reportedly been fired from her job over the photograph.
A photo of the woman giving President Donald Trump’s motorcade the middle finger, close to a Trump golf resort, went viral on social media more than a week ago.
Juli Briskman, who was identified as the cyclist in the image, alleges she was fired by employers Akima LLC after she posted it to her online profiles.
People on social media hailed Juli Briskman as a “she-ro.” A hashtag, #her2020, arose.
However, her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, was not pleased with the middle-fingered salute.
They fired the 50-year-old mother of two over it.
A White House photographer traveling with the president snapped a picture of Trump’s motorcade passing a bicyclist when he left a golf course in Sterling.
Briskman reportedly gave her job’s HR department a heads up when she went to work last Monday; however, her bosses told her the next day that she violated the company’s social media policy by using the viral image as her profile picture on Facebook and Twitter.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,'” Briskman told HuffPost. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.'”
Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, argued that she didn’t mention her employer on social media and was off-duty when the photo was snapped.
She was still canned because the government contractor said the incident could hurt business.
Briskman questioned how the company’s policy is enforced, saying a male colleague was recently allowed to keep his job after calling someone “a f–cking Libtard a–hole” on Facebook.
“How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president?” she said to HuffPost. “How is that fair?”