The woman, Juli Briskman, has been hailed as a "she-ro" and was the subject of a #Her2020 hashtag campaign, but she told the Huffington Post that she was sacked because of the now infamous photograph.
The employer of a woman seen in a photo raising a middle finger at President Donald Trump's motorcade during a Saturday bicycle ride has ignited a debate over free speech and whether her firing infringed on hers.
The image of the gesture she made towards the passing motorcade went viral and quickly made the news and became the subject of late night talk show jokes.
Akima LLC is a government contractor and according to what they said to her, the photo could hurt their business.
"They said, "We're separating from you, '" Briskman told the Post". "Basically, you can not have "lewd" or 'obscene" things in your social media. But according to Briskman, she has no regrets. The profile that he used to make that comment clearly identifies him as an employee at Akima.
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Virginia is an employment-at-will-state, meaning that employers can fire people anytime and for any reason. He pulled ads for open for open enrollment in Obamacare.
"I thought that it would probably get back to my company eventually", Briskman said in an interview with CNN's Jeanne Moos. "I'm angry about where our country is right now". She was thinking about the devastation in Puerto Rico, about the carnage of last month's mass-shooting in Las Vegas, and about deportations.
According to Juli, who was unhappy with the policies of Donald Trump, her blood started to boil seeing Trump's motorcade and she raised her middle finger towards him.
"I'd do it again", she said.
Briskman, acknowledging that her moment of fame gave her "an opportunity... to say something", is now planning to work at an advocacy group "that she believes in".
"I wasn't even at work when I did that", Briskman told The Washington Post.
"The motorcade had to slow and the cyclist caught up, still offering the finger, before turning off in a different direction", Smith's pool report notes.