After Flipping off Trump Motorcade, Virginia Woman Loses Government Contracting Job

Marie Harrington
November 7, 2017

Briskman says she was promptly fired from the government contracting firm and escorted out for violating the "code of conduct policy".

The woman was sacked for violating company's social media policy.

"They said, "We're separating from you, '" Briskman, a mother of two, told the Huff Post". "Basically, you can't have contained "obscene" on the social networks".

"I flipped off the motorcade a number of times", she said.

Does Briskman regret that middle finger, that reflexive moment that wasn't all pussy hat and protest signs, that wasn't calculated resistance but rather a totally relatable, plain-old, working woman, living-my-life, what-the-heck-is-going-on-in-our-world reaction?

Last week, a photograph of cyclist, Juli Briskman, went viral, and this week, that same photograph cost her her job.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that her former employer, Akima LLC, is a government construction engineering contractor, and isn't too anxious about the current administration's reaction to an employee calling someone a "libtard".

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Her now-former employer Akima LLC caught wind of her Facebook cover photo update and made a decision to fire her. Within days, they fired her, Briskman told HuffPost.

Because Briskman was in charge of the firm's social media presence during her six-month tenure there, she recently flagged something that did link her company to some pretty ugly stuff. The only account that connected her to the company was LinkedIn. "You can't see her face, she is totally unidentified in that picture", he said.

But in the end, she's not mad she was let go. "I'm considering, he's at the damn green once more", she proceeded.

After the first time the convoy passed her, she caught up again when it stopped at a red light. One of her male colleagues who insulted him deliberately a person on Facebook has just been reprimanded while the company was included on his cover photo.

Though different, all three instances highlight the same fact: Political speech in or out of the office can get you fired.

Her Halloween-day ousting came eight months into her employment at the agency.

She said: "I'm angry about where our country is right now". According to her interview with the Huffington Post, "Sheplans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA". "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something".

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