The woman who was fired from her job last year after flipping off President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE's motorcade in a viral photo is suing her former employer.
The Washington Post reported that Juli Briskman went to court Wednesday to sue government contractor Akima LLC after the company terminated her employment.
“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,” Briskman said, according to the Post.
Briskman said in a statement that 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."
“The actions of my company were swift and unexpected," she said in the statement. "It is un-American to let the government use your own tax dollars to buy your off-duty obedience.”
Maria Simon, a member of Briskman's legal team, said the company's actions forcing Briskman to "resign out of fear of unlawful retaliation by the government — violated the basic tenets of Virginia employment law."
According to the Post, when Briskman left the company, she received only two weeks of severance pay but was told she would receive four. She is seeking the two weeks of pay she did not receive.
Briskman was photographed flipping off Trump's motorcade as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va.
In an interview after the incident, Briskman said her bosses told her she violated the company's social media policy because she used the photo as her profile pic.
A crowdfunding campaign for Briskman created after she lost her job raised more than $30,000 in its first three days.