Violent video shows Panera Bread manager punching female employee

NEW YORK -- A graphic video shows a manager at a Panera Bread punching a female employee inside the Manhattan restaurant.

According to WPIX, the confrontation started prior to the video when the woman apparently quit her job in the middle of her shift on Wednesday.

The person who uploaded the video said the manager then physically threw the woman down a flight of stairs, and then out of the store.

“You might wanna say she hit him first, but really he had FULL CONTROL over her the entire time, was throwing her around, I think she gets one slap in that was louder than it was painful,” a tipster told Gawker.

Panera later acknowledged the incident and sent this statement to Gawker:

“Today there were reports of a physical altercation between two associates at our Park Avenue South bakery-cafe. We have a zero tolerance policy for violence and worked swiftly with authorities to investigate. The associates who were determined to be involved no longer work for Panera.”