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by Shane Stokes
November 7, 2017
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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. Although Juli Briskman was not on work time and was not identifiable in the agency photos taken when the politician’s car passed her in Sterling, Virginia, her employers nevertheless fired her.
She is has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union about the case. According to the Washington Post, she voluntarily gave the information that she was the cyclist in the photograph to her employers at Akima LLC, a government contracting firm, at Halloween. She said that they then fired her, escorting her from the building with a box of her possessions.
“I wasn’t even at work when I did that,” she said. “But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.” According to Bethesda lawyer Bradley Shear, her honesty is what cost her her employment. “You can’t see her face, she is totally unidentified in that picture,” he said. “But once she identified herself to her employer, they had to consider that information.”
He said that while her First Amendment rights meant that she cannot be punished by the government, that it is different when it comes to an employer. However there is a complication: she had been in charge of the company’s social media presence and recently red-flagged an inflammatory remark made by a senior director at the company.
An employee had been part of a civil discussion about Black Lives Matter on Facebook, but was blasted by the director. “You’re a f—— Libtard a——,” the director said, writing from a profile that clearly identifies him as an employee of the firm. She reported this exchange to senior management, yet the director wasn’t fired.
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