Brawling Teachers in "Cat Fight" Lose Employment Tribunal Claim
Two female teaching staff at a primary school have lost their claims for unfair dismissal at an Employment Tribunal in London. One case was heard in November, when Phillipa Heath-Philpotts, described as "an expert in controlling aggressive children" lost her claim. Nicola Hearne, appeared in front of the three person panel last week and had her claim thrown out after a verdict was reached on Thursday. The brawling "Misses" disgraceful contretemps happened after a staff party in December 2008 at the Hoilday Inn in Bloomsbury whilst awaiting taxis.
Nicola Hearne, a 24 year old nursery class nurse told the tribunal she was left with a black eye after Ms. Heath-Philpotts, 35, swung a punch at her. Her sparring partner was left with swelling to the face and a scratch on her arm.
The unseemly cat fight led to the pair of them being fired for gross misconduct. Nicola Hearne was heard to scream, "Bring it on!" witnesses report.
The sacked women worked at Carlton Primary School in Grafton Road, Gospel Oak, London. Headmistress, Jacqui Phelan told the Judge that at least one member of staff at the event was "extremely drunk" and had to be helped in the hotel's toilets.
Phillipa Heath-Philpotts was involved in a late-night street brawl with fellow teachers after a high-spirited work party.
The 35-year-old learning mentor, who practises meditation, allegedly left Nicola Hearn with a black eye and swollen lip from her single punch.
Heath-Philpotts claimed she was unfairly sacked because colleagues started the fight and left her with no choice but to lash out.