Free speech or free market: Woman fired over flipping Trump the bird?

The Woman Who Went Viral for Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade Has Been Fired

The Woman Who Went Viral for Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade Has Been Fired

The woman who gave President Donald Trump's motorcade the finger in late October is speaking out after she said she was sacked for the incident that went viral.

The woman was sacked for violating company's social media policy. The image is now being used as both her profile and cover picture on Twitter, but on Facebook, she's just featuring it as her cover photo.

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

After deciding to notify Akima's HR department what had happened, Ms Briskman was called into a meeting and reportedly told she had broken the company's social media policy by using the image as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.

Briskman's employer, government contractor Akima LLC, wasn't thrilled by the picture, either.

Nevertheless, this one cost Briskman her job.

Akima's social media policy warns that posts containing "discriminatory, obscene, malicious or threatening content" can lead to employees being fired, according to The Washington Post.

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What upsets Briskman about the whole fiasco, she says, is that one of her male coworkers had previously posted a comment on Facebook calling a netizen "a f**king Libtard asshole", but was allowed to keep his job even though he'd clearly indicated where he worked on his page.

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

According to Briskman, this unidentified colleague had "Akima LLC" as his cover photo on the social media platform.

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

According to Briskman, the choice to give the middle-finger salute wasn't just random. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated". But for now, she's unemployed. "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something", said Briskman.

She says now that she's looking for work again, she hopes to get a job with an advocacy group like PETA.

Briskman added that she is planning to look for a new job at an organization she believes in, such as Planned Parenthood, and that she is proud of the fact that she is part of protest imagery that is resonating so much with Americans right now.

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