A divorced mother of two in New York woman was fired, but not until she’d donated a kidney to help save her boss’ life.
47-year-old Debbie Stevens filed a formal complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission back in 2012 after the shocking turn of events.
She claims her boss used her for her kidney, then fired her “after the woman got what she wanted.”
Her boss, 61-year-old Jackie Brucia, had hired Ms. Stevens in January of 2009 as an assistant.
“She just started treating me horribly, viciously, inhumanly after the surgery,” Stevens said. “It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney.”
Stevens wasn’t a perfect kidney match for Ms. Brucia, so she (Stevens) ended up donating it to an out-of-state stranger instead. She also did this to help her boss to move up on the organ donor list.
Stevens underwent her surgery on August 10, 2011, and the organ went to someone in Missouri.
She returned to work four weeks later, and that, she says, is when the problems started.
“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,” Stevens said.
She was then demoted and moved to a location 50 miles from her home.
After talking to a psychiatrist for her stress, she hired attorneys who sent a letter to the company she worked for.
Within a week, she was fired.
She was seeking damages for lost pay, psychological and physical well-being.