Woman photographed giving Trump the middle finger fired from her job

Jerome Frank
November 7, 2017

One White House pool report for October 28 made a note of Briskman's gesture. Late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the encounter and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a "she-ro", using the hashtag #Her2020. However, the reaction to the photograph, turned unfortunate for Juli Briskman, the woman in the picture.

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

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

The photo went everywhere so fast that, according to HuffPost, she made a decision to tell the human resources department at Akima LLC, where she worked as a marketing specialist.

The rider who raised a middle finger to President Trump's motorcade may have been praised by many on social media after her recent gesture, but the 50-year-old marketing executive has lost her job as a result. You're golfing again?' " Briskman said.

"Basically, you can not have "lewd" or "obscene" things on your social media". But became aware after a few friends thought they recognized her and tagged her in the photo, asking. However, if they have allowed other employees to modify their social media accounts to comply with company policy, they should have given Briskman the same opportunity.

Briskman told the site she chose to tell her employer (Akima LLC, a government contractor) about going viral the Monday after it unexpectedly happened to give them a heads up.

Virginia is an employment-at-will state, which means that an employer can fire "any employee at any time, for any reason, or for no reason", according to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry website. 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.

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"I'd do it again", she told the Washington Post. "How is that fair?" The profile that he used to make that comment clearly identifies him as an employee at Akima.

"He was passing by and my blood just started to boil", she said.

"I'm thinking, he's at the damn golf course again". He pulled ads for open for open enrollment in Obamacare.

She added: "Only one third of Puerto Rico has power".

Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.

Briskman has reportedly reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union about the firing, but she's also already thinking about what's next.

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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