Fired After Donation

Fired After Donation


In 2012, Debbie Stevens donated her kidney to save her boss's life. But the boss (Jacqueline Brucia) fired her when she got what she wanted.


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After donating her kidney to save her boss' life, Debbie Stevens said she was fired because Jackie Brucia "got what she wanted." The 47-year-old former assistant at the Atlantic Automotive Group dealership filed a complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission and said that she wants her kidney back from her ex-boss.

The two women first worked together in 2009, and after Stevens learned that Brucia needed a kidney, she told her boss that she'd be "willing to donate." Stevens then moved to Florida for a year, and when she returned, Brucia instantly rehired her. Although she wasn't a match for her boss, Stevens underwent surgery in 2011. Her donated organ moved Brucia higher up on the waiting list. Stevens said she was demoted, transferred to a dealership 50 miles from her home, harassed, and eventually fired shortly after the surgery.

"[Brucia] just started treating me inhumanly after the surgery," Stevens told Ashley Jennings at ABC News. "It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney. I don't have strong enough or large enough words to describe her treatment of me. Screaming at me about things I never did, carrying on to the point where she wouldn't even let me leave my desk. It was constant, constant screaming."


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