A new lawsuit alleges that a “kind and generous” Long Island mom donated her kidney to save the life of her boss — who then turned around after she got what she wanted and helped fire the poor woman, according to an explosive new legal complaint.
Stevens spoke to Brucia about Brucia’s health problems and “her need for a kidney transplant.” Although Brucia has located a possible donor, Brucia told her that if it was necessary, she would be willing to donate her own kidney to save her boss. Stevens began working for her old employer within a few weeks of having this conversation with her boss, Jackie Brucia at the Atlantic Automotive Group.
Then, two months later, in January 2011, Stevens told The Post, Brucia “called me into her office and said, ‘My donor was denied. Were you serious when you said that?’ I said, ‘Sure, yeah.’ She was my boss, I respected her. It’s just who I am. I didn’t want her to die.”
Stevens was not a close enough match and instead donated her kidney so that her boss, Brucia was able to move up the waiting list and was subsequently received from a donor in San Francisco.
“I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss, and she took my heart,” Debbie Stevens, a 47-year-old divorced mother of two stated.
Stevens legal papers allege that she was clearly set up by, her once-ailing boss who she believes was “apparently grooming her to be her ‘backup plan,’ ” Stevens said she did not realize that she was in for serious pain, discomfort in her legs and digestive problems after the surgery on Aug. 10, 2011. After Stevens felt pressured to return to work before she was ready — she took off days due to her pain and was faced by Brucia who called her to berate her stating: ‘You can’t come and go as you please. People are going to think you’re getting special treatment.’
Since donating her kidney and turning to work, Stevens said that her office and overtime were eventually taken away and that she was demoted to a dealership 50 miles from her home in a high-crime neighborhood that co-workers jokingly called “Siberia.” Experiencing mental anguish, she consulted a psychiatrist. and her lawyers wrote a letter to the company — after which Stevens was quickly fired.
“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.”