Skip to comments.N.Y. Worker Claims She Was Fired After Donating Kidney For Boss
Posted on 04/23/2012 3:13:22 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Lots of workers pour their hearts and souls into their work, but it's the rare employee who actually surrenders an organ to save a boss' life. But that's exactly what Debbie Stevens (pictured at left) did last year, and now the onetime secretary is challenging her former employer for firing her shortly after the operation was complete.
The 47-year-old mother agreed two years ago to donate a kidney to her boss, Jackie Brucia, 61, a controller at Atlantic Automotive Group, who needed an organ transplant, the New York Post reports. Stevens, of Long Island, agreed to do so "because she was naturally a kind and generous person," according to a legal complaint filed Friday with the New York State Division of Human Rights.
It was after each woman's surgeries last August that Brucia began showing a darker side, according to the complaint.
Organ transplant surgery requires extensive recovery time, but Stevens alleges that she felt pressured to return to work in September -- less than a month after the surgery -- even as Brucia was still recuperating at home.
According to the newspaper, Stevens went home sick three days after her return to work. That didn't sit well with Brucia who, while still convalescing at home, called Stevens to berate her.
"She ... said, 'What are you doing? Why aren't you at work?' I told her I didn't feel good," Stevens told the Post. "She said, 'You can't come and go as you please. People are going to think you're getting special treatment.' "
Stevens said such treatment continued after Brucia returned to work, with the boss yelling at Stevens in front of co-workers for supposed errors.
Eventually, Stevens says, she was demoted to another car dealership and subsequently fired.
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I hope that the betraying boss is inundated with bad publicity and forced to leave town.
Some people have significant personality changes after major surgery. I wonder if this was the case with her boss.
If she was a member of my family, I’d disown her.
I worked for a couple of managers that I would have given my right arm for...........but only if it couldn’t be removed from their throats.
Kill him. Stalk him, like a ninja, and then kill him.
Send her cans of kidney beans.
Cans and cans and cans.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Her, not him.
wow, she must have been a TERRIBLE employee if she could not even save her job by donating a kidney!
Seriously, how could you fire someone who helped facilitate you no longer needing dialysis?
Think about it.
Even if she was a total slacker.
SHE DONATED AN ORGAN!
This seems to be the entire story.
You have to be an idiot for giving an organ to anyone other than a blood relation...
I wouldn’t donate an organ to a boss. Not even a small piano.
This is from a local newscast http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=317179&position=1&news_type=news
Unbelievable! What an ungrateful jerk!
But on second thought, could the employee had changed?
sue to get the kidney back. if that is gratitude, ..
Talk about an ingrate!
The whole story is off-kilter.
Simple solution: TAKE BACK THE KIDNEY.
She donated it to a woman boss.
If that statement leaves you puzzled, there are a lot of FR threads about women bosses.
I’ve had ONE female boss in my career and she was a TOTAL HARPIE.
That said, I have had several male supervisors who were TOTAL A-HOLES as well.
For the most part though, I’ve been blessed with supervisors who I respected and several I still consider to be friends.
-—This is exactly what John Locke’s father did to him!——
LOL! Our family has started watching Lost (fabulous!) on Netflix, and caught this episode a few days ago. We debated whether it was too far-fetched. I guess we got our answer.
If anyone has Netflix streaming watch the first three episodes of Lost and you won’t be able to put it down. Superbly entertaining and uplifting.
I’m with you, this woman made a foolish mistake. Even if the boss wasn’t a stupid jerk like he apparently is.