A Virginia woman was forced to resign from her job after making a rude gesture at the motorcade of President Trump. Julie Briskman is now suing her former employer arguing that the government contractor has violated Virginia’s employment laws.
Briskman was riding her bicycle last October near her home in Sterling, Virginia when the motorcade passed. She says she snapped and flipped off the President’s fleet of cars. She posted the picture on her own social media, after which time she was let go from her job.
“I filed this lawsuit against my former employer today because I believe that Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks,” said Briskman. She said she never imagined that her “one-finger” salute to the Presidential motorcade would cost her her job.
However, Akima, the company for whom she works has a big problem with her show of disrespect. Briskman claims that she was forced to resign because Akima is a government contractor who fears possible repercussions for upsetting the government.
Briskman also claims in her suit that another employee allegedly made a negative Facebook comment about Black Lives Matter. According to her, this employee was made to delete the comment and was allowed to keep his job.
“The actions of my company were swift and unexpected. It is un-American to let the government use your own tax dollars to buy your off-duty obedience,” says Briskman. Her attorneys are arguing that her gesture is protected by the First Amendment.
Briskman was not on company time when the incident happened.
Was she unfairly fired?
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