You don’t need to agree with this woman’s actions or political beliefs to think she’s been harshly treated here:
In a Saturday interview with HuffPost, Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, said she was stunned that someone had taken a picture of her giving Trump the middle finger.
As the photo circulated online, Briskman decided to tell Akima’s HR department what was happening when she went to work on Monday. By Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
Management can stipulate what you put on social media, eh?
“They said, ‘We’re separating from you,‘” said Briskman. “Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”
Would this apply to a gay man at a Pride event?
Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications at Akima for just over six months, said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima was a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business, she said.
Was she the marketing and communications director, the public face of the business? If not, then what’s the problem? Perhaps a picture of her going hunting might hurt their business, or a pic of her at a political rally, or at a gay club? What’s this got to do with her employer?
Virginia is an employment-at-will state, meaning employers can fire people anytime and for any reason.
Still, I expect she has grounds to sue under First Amendment rights here. Worth watching, I think. If she does, I hope she wins.