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Woman who flipped off Trump's motorcade gets fired

07 November 2017

Once the photos, snapped by White House photographer Brendan Smialowski, made its way to the Internet, Briskman's employer, Akima LLC, chose to fire the mother-of-two. That last part, apparently, was too much for her employer, government contractor Akima LLC.

Aware that the publicity surrounding the photograph could have detrimental implications, Juli approached her employers and confirmed that she was the woman in the photograph.

"They said, "We're separating from you," Juli Briskman, a mother of two, told HuffPost".

"Basically, you can not have "lewd" or "obscene" things on your social media". She said that they then fired her, escorting her from the building with a box of her possessions.

Akima's human resource department told Briskman in a meeting that her posting the photo on Facebook and Twitter was in violation of the company's social media policy. She said this colleague was reprimanded for calling someone "a fucking Libtard asshole" on Facebook, but was allowed to delete the post and keep his job.

Nope. "I'd do it again", she said.

Her employer wasn't too happy about the photo, and they fired her.

"How is that fair?" she asked.

While Briskman told the Huffington Post, "How is that any less "obscene" than me flipping off the president?"


However, it backfired on Briskman when she notified the company she worked for, Akima LLC, about the photo gaining notoriety.

'As a member of an internal, agency-style marketing team that supports more than 35 government contracting companies, I wear many hats from writer to marketer to WordPress editor and social media strategist, ' writes Briskman. She posted the image to her social media, but her profiles on those do not connect her to Akima. She adds that the director was easily identifiable as an employee of Akima.

That said, she still doesn't quite get why she was sacked.

She is now working with attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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

Given the grounds for her termination, it would seem that her decision to post that banner image was what ultimately led to her losing her job.

She said: "I'm angry about where our country is right now".

Briskman isn't too upset, however, saying she hopes to find new work with an advocacy group she believes in, like Planned Parenthood. "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something".

Woman who flipped off Trump's motorcade gets fired