The woman, identified by The Washington Post as 50-year-old Juli Briskman, told Huffington Post she chose to tell her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, what had happened as the photo was circulating online.
The woman was sacked for violating company's social media policy. Briskman herself then used it as a profile picture on Facebook and Twitter. "You know, white supremacists have this big march and hurt a bunch of people down in Charlottesville and you call them good people".
Briskman told the Huff Post that she got canned because her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, found her actions "lewd" and "obscene".
As some have noted in the wake of Briskman's firing, speaking one's mind on social media has consequences, and everyone should be more aware of it.
Akima's social media policy warns that posts containing "discriminatory, obscene, malicious or threatening content" can lead to employees being fired, according to The Washington Post.
"They told the owner of the studio she should fire me", she said.
But on Saturday, the mother of two told the Huffington Post that she was surprised that someone had snapped a photo.
"I wasn't even at work when I did that", Briskman said.
"On Tuesday, HR told her "'We're separating from you.' Basically, you can not have "lewd" or "obscene" things in your social media.
Briskman doesn't believe that Akima fairly applies its social media code of conduct, citing a previous incident involving a male executive.
Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received.
She added, "In some ways, I'm doing better than ever".
Virginia is an at-will state for employers, meaning companies can let workers go for any reason. "I'm angry and I'm frustrated".
People criticized Akima - some on the left directed people on Twitter to complain directly to Akima's offices - accusing the company of infringing on Briskman's right to free speech. "I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something". Like it or not, whatever you do on social media directly reflects on your employer. But for now, she's unemployed.
"I thought that it would probably get back to my company eventually", Briskman said in an interview with CNN's Jeanne Moos.