Juli Briskman, former marketing executive at Akima LLC, lost her job after informing her bosses that she was the woman in a viral photo of a cyclist presenting an obscene hand gesture to a presidential motorcade.
According to The Washington Post, Briskman was escorted out of her office on Halloween after having been terminated from her position at the company.
“I wasn’t even at work when I did that,” Briskman said. “But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.”
Her bosses had pointed to a specific section of their company's policy that pertained to the social media usage of employees when discussing her firing: “Covered Social Media Activity that contains discriminatory, obscene malicious or threatening content, is knowingly false, create [sic] a hostile work environment, or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and will be subject to discipline up to an [sic] including termination of employment.”
Briskman now contests that she was not wearing anything related to the company when she was caught giving the finger to the motorcade, nor does she have any information about her connection to the firm on her social media accounts (where the picture was posted without comment or a caption).
Briskman had, in fact, been in charge of the company's social media accounts and had previously discovered overtly anti-liberal sentiments on the social media pages of her higher-ups: “You’re a f*cking Libtard assh*le,” one director had written as a comment on a discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement. That director would go on to delete the comment, but faced no other consequences for his sentiments.
“Here’s what was going through my head that day: ‘Really? You’re golfing again?’” said Briskman, who faced threats after images of the incident had gone viral. She has since contacted the ACLU about potential legal actions she could take.
“I’d do it again,” Briskman concluded.
[Photo: Twitter @julibriskman]