Working as a marketing and communications specialist for a Virginia-based federal contractor, Briskman was sacked from her job, with the company citing "obscene content" on her social media, namely the "flipping off" incident.
Briskman, 50, cited the section of the company's social media policy that reads: "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". The image is now being used as both her profile and cover picture on Twitter, but on Facebook, she's just featuring it as her cover photo. "So they were calling flipping him off obscene", reported HuffPost.
After deciding to notify Akima's HR department what had happened, Ms Briskman was called into a meeting and reportedly told she had broken the company's social media policy by using the image as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook. She said this colleague was reprimanded for calling someone "a fucking Libtard asshole" on Facebook, but was allowed to delete the post and keep his job.
As far as what was going through her head in the moments leading up to her decision to give the POTUS a big 'F-K you, ' Briskman explained, "He was passing by and my blood just started to boil", she said.
"I said 'Yeah, that's me". But when you give him the middle finger you lack the same moral character that you want him to possess. She posted the image to her social media, but her profiles on those do not connect her to Akima.
"They said, "We're separating from you, '" Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications, told the website". They wouldn't fire employees for, say, publicly taking a pro-life stance or critiquing "animal rights". The only account that connected her to the company was LinkedIn.
"In some ways, I'm doing better than ever", Briskman told HuffPost. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated". "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something", said Briskman. Like it or not, whatever you do on social media directly reflects on your employer.
"I thought that it would probably get back to my company eventually", Briskman said in an interview with CNN's Jeanne Moos.