Devastating result of colleague's Christmas party 'headlock'
A woman may never be able to smile properly after a colleague put her in a headlock at a work Christmas party.
Molly Phillips as been left with permanent injuries after the assault at a bar in Cardiff in Wales, UK.
She has just won her case for unfair dismissal against the bar, where she was a manager, saying it made her feel “completely disposable,” after what happened.
The attack, which was captured on CCTV on January 1 this year, shows male colleague Nathan Webb put his right arm around her neck while the pair were standing at a the bar of the Cameo Club.
After he continues to hold on, her arms go limp, and as he finally releases her, her neck flops to the side.
She then collapses to the floor, banging her head.
According to Wales Online Molly told the tribunal she may never be able to smile again, due to injuries caused by a lack of oxygen or nerve damage.
She told the website: "If it’s still like that when I get married, I won’t be able to smile in my wedding photos."
While the man was arrested, police have released him while they investigate.
He remained working at the bar as a chef.
Phillips said he was dismissive and her employees to ‘get over it’- and she was eventually forced to leave as it was too upsetting and she was worried for her safety.
After the verdict at Cardiff Magistrates Court, Ms Phillips posted on Facebook.
“On January 1st of this year I was physically assaulted by a colleague in my former workplace during our staff Christmas party.
“After observing more aggressive behaviour from the same man I went to my bosses with obvious concerns and the fact that I was uncomfortable around him.
“I was told to get over it.
“All claims I made were dismissed despite there being evidence.
“I’ve been left with permanent injuries due to the assault, this was obviously not a concern for my former bosses.
“I took them to court three weeks ago.
“On Monday, after what seemed like the wait of a lifetime, I found out that I had won my case.
“The owners of this business lack care, compassion or understanding for anyone employed by them.
“Hopefully now they’ve realised that staff fight back.”
The bar didn’t want to comment to Wales Online.