A woman who lost her job after being photographed last year flipping off President Trump’s motorcade is now suing her former employer.
“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,” Juli Briskman said, according to The Washington Post.
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Briskman was fired after a photo went viral that showed the cyclist flipping off Trump’s motorcade as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va. last November. Her employer said she violated the company’s social media policy after she used the image as her profile picture on social media.
The 50-year-old mother of two was applauded by fellow leftists on social media but Akima, the government contracting firm she worked for, was not amused.
“Akima’s actions — forcing Juli to resign out of fear of unlawful retaliation by the government — violated the basic tenets of Virginia employment law,” Maria Simon, a member of Briskman’s legal team, said according to the Post.
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,” Briskman said in a statement.
“The actions of my company were swift and unexpected,” she said. “It is un-American to let the government use your own tax dollars to buy your off-duty obedience.”
Her lawsuit is seeking $2,692.30 to cover the additional two weeks severance pay she was owed after she was given only half of the four week promised pay. The figure also includes attorney’s fees and interest.
More than $30,000 was reportedly raised for Briskman in the first three days of a crowdfunding campaign after the incident.
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