A nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after she was sacked – for smacking her own daughter at the nursery where she was working.
Kyshia Cammock , 25, was fired from Little Folks Nursery in Birmingham after a tribunal heard she hit the two-year-old lightly on the bottom for misbehaving.
But the mum is now suing her former employers, Mishi Nurseries Ltd, for unfair dismissal and seeking compensation.
The nursery is fighting the compensation claim and says Miss Cammock was sacked for gross misconduct.
Birmingham Employment Tribunal heard the mum was on a training scheme at the centre when the incident happened.
She told the hearing she had been told by management not to deny the smacking accusation because there had been CCTV footage.
But it was revealed there was no such footage and Miss Cammock has accused her employers of favouring other staff.
The hearing heard police were informed at the time but no action was taken.
Tribunal judge Victoria Dean said she could not find any reference in a witness statement that the mum acknowledged she knew about the firm's policy against smacking children on the premises.
But Miss Cammock, from Handsworth, Birmingham, said during the hearing: "I knew I was not allowed to smack a child."
The nursery owners also claimed the mum had been fully aware of the firm's 'behaviour policy' regarding staff.
Miss Cammock has yet to give verbal evidence but the case was adjourned to a later date to allow more evidence to be provided.
Owner of the nursery, Jyoti Jaspal, declined to comment.