A 47-year-old mother of two who donated her kidney to help save her ailing boss’s life has allegedly been fired after the woman ‘got what she wanted’. Debbie Stevens from Long Island, New York, offered her organ to her boss Jackie Brucia, 61, after she said she was struggling to find a donor.
Stevens has now filed a legal complaint at the Human Rights Commission in New York claiming that the woman used her and then fired her, the New York Post reported. Stevens said: ‘I feel very betrayed. This has been a very hurtful and horrible experience for me. ‘She just took this gift and put it on the ground and kicked it.’
The divorced mother of two worked for Brucia at the billion-dollar Atlantic Automotive Group, which runs car dealerships in New York. After two years working as a clerical worker, she left the company in June 2010 and moved to Florida – but returned for a visit a few months later. During a conversation with Brucia, the boss discussed her health problems and ‘her need for a kidney transplant’, the complaint papers claim.
Stevens said that Brucia had found a possible donor – but she offered her own ‘because she was naturally a kind and generous person’. In August 2011, she underwent the surgery which floored her, leaving her with pain in her legs and digestive problems, she said. She added that she felt pressurised to go back to work and could not cope after three days, so returned home, much to the annoyance of her boss. Brucia allegedly began yelling at Stevens for her mistakes, before she was demoted to a dealership 50 miles from her home. Her lawyers wrote a letter to the company and Stevens was promptly fired, according to the papers.