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Cyclist Fired for Flipping Off Trump Motorcade Sues Employer

Cyclist Fired for Flipping Off Trump Motorcade Sues Employer
A woman on a bike gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with President Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course on October 28, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 April 2018 07:56 PM

Juli Briskman, the Virginia cyclist fired for flipping off President Donald Trump during a bike ride last October, sued her former employer Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.

"I filed this lawsuit against my former employer [Wednesday], because I believe that Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks," Briskman said.

The photo of Briskman giving Trump's motorcade the middle finger quickly went viral, and Briskman the next Monday told her employer, government contractor Akima, she was the woman pictured. The next day, she was fired – Akima said she had violated the company's social media policy by using the photo on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

"Akima's actions — forcing Juli to resign out of fear of unlawful retaliation by the government — violated the basic tenets of Virginia employment law," lawyer Maria Simon said.

Briskman, 50, is asking for two weeks of severance pay she never received, along with attorney's fees and interest – a total of $2,692.30.

"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. It is un-American to let the government use your own tax dollars to buy your off-duty obedience."

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Juli Briskman, the Virginia cyclist fired for flipping off President Donald Trump during a bike ride last October, sued her former employer Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
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