A woman whose picture went viral after she raised her middle finger at Donald Trump as his motorcade passed her on her bicycle has been fired from her job.
Juli Briskman was cycling in Virginia last month when she offered the gesture in a gut reaction to Trump’s policies, she said.
“He was passing by and my blood just started to boil,” she told the Huffington Post. “I’m thinking, Daca recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again.
“I flipped off the motorcade a number of times.”
A photographer traveling with the presidential motorcade snapped Briskman’s picture and the image quickly spread across news outlets and social media. Many hailed Briskman as a hero, with some saying she should run in the 2020 election. Late-night comedy hosts also picked up the story.
Briskman had been working as a marketing and communications specialist for a Virginia-based federal contractor, Akima, for six months. She thought it best to alert the HR department to the online fuss. Bosses then called her into a meeting, she said.
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,’” Briskman told the Huffington Post. “‘Basically, you cannot have lewd or obscene things in your social media.’ So they were calling flipping him off obscene.”
She said the company was displeased she had used the image as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook, and told her it violated social media policy and could hurt the company’s reputation as a government contractor.
Briskman said she pointed out that her social media pages do not mention her employer, and that the incident happened on her own time. She also said another employee had written a profane insult about someone on Facebook, but had been allowed to keep his job after deleting the post and being reprimanded.
Virginia, however, has “at will” employment laws, meaning private-sector employers can fire people for any reason.
Suddenly, the 50-year-old mother of two found herself looking for a new job.
[:es]Luego que se viralizara la imagen en que una ciclista el “pinta el dedo” al presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump mientras junto con su comitiva abandonaban el Trump National Golf Club, se ha dado a conocer que la mujer ha sido despedida por su acción.
La foto captada por el fotógrafo de la Casa Blanca trajo consecuencias lamentables a la nombrada en redes sociales como “she-ro” (heroína), #Her2020 quien fue despedida de su trabajo.
Juli Briskman, madre de dos hijos de 50 años, decidió contarle al departamento de Recursos Humanos de Akima lo que estaba sucediendo quienes justificaron su despido diciendo que había violado la política de redes sociales de la compañía ya que Juli uso la imagen como su foto de perfil en Twitter y Facebook.
Pese a que los hechos se realizaron mientras Briskman se encontraba fuera de su horario laboral, a lo que comentaron que debido a que Akima era una contratista del gobierno, la foto podría dañar sus negocios.