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Bar manager collapses at staff Christmas party after being choked by chef

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This disturbing footage shows a woman collapsing as her colleague strangles her in a headlock at a work Christmas party.

Bar manager Molly Phillips, 23, suffered facial paralysis from Nathan Webbs chokehold and is now physically unable to smile.

She carried on working with the chef at The Cameo Club in Cardiff for several months until she decided to complain to her boss in March, an employment tribunal found.

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A bar manager who was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party has won her case for unfair dismissal. Molly Phillips, 24, passed out after being held around her neck by chef Nathan Webb at their festive party. Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. Picture is Molly Phillips WALES NEWS SERVICE

Molly Phillips, 24, passed out when the chef strangled her (Picture: Wales News Service)

But they failed to investigate the incident last December, despite the shocking CCTV footage from the bar, where the party was being held on-site.

Molly said her boss Jason Pearce even joked about the incident, telling Webb he heard he had been choking girls lately.

The other bar director Huw Davies said he couldnt wave a magic wand and fix everything and told Molly to get over it, the tribunal heard.

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Even when Webb was arrested over the incident and released under investigation, the bar still kept him on in his job.

The tribunal found Molly was unfairly dismissed after she was forced to resign, because her bosses repeatedly brushed aside her complaints.

A bar manager who was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party has won her case for unfair dismissal. Molly Phillips, 24, passed out after being held around her neck by chef Nathan Webb at their festive party. Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. Picture is Molly Phillips WALES NEWS SERVICE

Molly Phillips, 24, has won her case for unfair dismissal (Picture: Wales News Service)

A bar manager was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party - and only realised what happened when she checked their CCTV, a tribunal heard. Molly Phillips, 24, told how she passed out after chef Nathan Webb gripped her neck at the festive party. Manager Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. A tribunal was told Miss Phillips checked the CCTV of the Cameo Club in Penylan, Cardiff, days later - and saw herself being strangled. Picture is Molly Phillips WALES NEWS SERVICE

Molly Phillips, 24, suffered facial paralysis from Nathan Webbs chokehold (Picture: Wales News Service)

She is now battling PTSD, depression and anxiety along with her facial paralysis.

The tribunal was shown the moment in the footage where Mollys arms go rigid as the chef holds her neck.

When Webb releases her, she collapses to the floor hitting her head.

Her injuries were either caused by lack of oxygen or nerve damage, the tribunal heard.

Molly initially returned to work after the incident and told bosses she did not want to take any action.

A bar manager was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party - and only realised what happened when she checked their CCTV, a tribunal heard. Molly Phillips, 24, told how she passed out after chef Nathan Webb gripped her neck at the festive party. Manager Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. A tribunal was told Miss Phillips checked the CCTV of the Cameo Club in Penylan, Cardiff, days later - and saw herself being strangled. Picture here is Nathan Webb ? WALES NEWS SERVICE

Nathan Webb, pictured, was not fired after the incident (Picture: Wales News Service)

A bar manager who was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party has won her case for unfair dismissal. Molly Phillips, 24, passed out after being held around her neck by chef Nathan Webb at their festive party. Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. Picture here is company director Jason Pearce. WALES NEWS SERVICE

Company director Jason Pearce told Molly he couldnt fix it (Picture: Wales News Service)

But as time went on, she became increasingly distrustful and fearful of the chef.

At the same time, medics were telling her the injuries she suffered would have longer lasting effects than previously thought.

By March 24 she said she was finding it hard to come into work and was crying both before and during my shifts.

Yet when she raised these concerns with her boss, she was told to get over it and ultimately felt she had no choice but to quit.

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Judge Alison Frazer was heavily critical of The Cameos directors for failing to take her concerns seriously and found Molly was justified in resigning.

A bar manager was strangled by her chef at their Christmas party - and only realised what happened when she checked their CCTV, a tribunal heard. Molly Phillips, 24, told how she passed out after chef Nathan Webb gripped her neck at the festive party. Manager Miss Phillips went to hospital to get checked for a suspected stroke - as she had no recollection of what happened. Pictured here is the Cameo club where it happened. ? WALES NEWS SERVICE

Bosses at the Cameo Club told Molly Phillips to get over it (Picture: Wales News Service)

She said: I find that from April onwards Mr Davies acted in a way which was dismissive of the claimants feelings about the incident.

He told her to “get over it” when referring to the Christmas party incident.

Molly says the worst bit was the fact her bosses didnt do anything

Id worked there for two and half years and done everything to that place and it was just like, I realised I meant nothing to them and I was completely disposable, she said.

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She also admitted she cant smile in photographs, adding: People dont notice it, but I notice it more than anything.

If its still like that when I get married, I wont be able to smile in my wedding photos. Things like that. Its not nice.

The Cameo Club said it had no comment at all.

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