Woman who fired for flipping off at President Trump’s Motorcade decided to sue her employer:
Woman who fired from her job after flipping off Trump’s motorcade is suing her former employer. According to the Washington Post, Juli Juli Briskman went to court Wednesday to sue government contractor Akima LLC after the company terminated her employment
Briskman told the Post “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,”
Briskman said in a statement that working for a company that does business with the federal government should “provide you with greater opportunities, but it should never limit your ability to criticize that government in your private time.”
She said in a statement “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.”
“The company’s actions forcing Briskman to “resign out of fear of unlawful retaliation by the government — violated the basic tenets of Virginia employment law.” said Maria Simon, a member of Briskman’s legal team,
When Briskman left the company, she received only two weeks of severance pay but was told she would receive four. She is seeking the two weeks of pay she did not receive. Washington post reported
The image of Briskman flipping off Trump’s motorcade as he left his golf course in sterling, Va has gone viral. In an interview after the incident, Briskman said her bosses told her she violated the company’s social media policy because she used the photo as her profile pic.
A crowdfunding campaign on Go fundme for Briskman created after she lost her job raised more than $30,000 in its first three days.