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Atlantic Auto Group Issues Statement Addressing Kidney Donor's Claims

West Islip-based company calls former employee's allegations "groundless."

Atlantic Automotive Group, whose to help her ailing boss, issued a statement Monday addressing the allegations.

"It is unfortunate that one employee has used her own generous act to make up a groundless claim. Atlantic Auto treated her appropriately and acted honorably and fairly, at every turn," AAG said in the statement.

Deborah Stevens, a former clerical worker at AAG, filed a complaint Friday alleging that Jacqueline Brucia, her boss, betrayed her after she agreed to donate a kidney to help Brucia move up on the donor registry list.

The West Islip-based company, which owns the chain of car dealerships where Stevens and Brucia worked, denounced Stevens' claims that she was "groomed" by her boss for a kidney and then fired after the surgery.

According to the statement: "We expect to have this resolved favorably in the legal system if any claim if [sic] filed."

Stevens filed a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights. If state investigators find merit in Stevens' claim, she could move ahead with a lawsuit.

Baba RumDanish April 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Mr. Staluppi's loyalty is aimed at whomever brings him more profit. That is what prompted his criticism for Ms. Stevens. When profits fall as a result of customer disgust with this situation, he will switch sides and don the hero's hat as he welcomes the former employee back. He will claim he did not have the full facts. AAG can crush the competition by selling at a loss until this blows over.
Baba RumDanish April 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
The Auto Company CAN'T SAY ANYTHING beyond what they have because it is a human resources issue. --DS ---------- Only an avowed apologist can read between the lines of the statement issued by AAG and see "Because of litigation, we cannot make any comments concerning this case." I read between the lines and saw "This malcontent named Stevens is lucky we didn't charge her for the oxygen she inhaled in our offices!"
patsy b hendrix April 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM
These people (auto company) are ruthless, evil and are devoid of character. Curses upon them and they will reap what they have sown. They have no shame, ethics, morals or compassion. Can you imagine what their thoughts are about the consumers that have engaged in business with them? I bet they laugh like madmen behind their backs.
Walter Isaacs April 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Certainly the details of the case are not divulged at this point, and I understand why AAG would not want to discuss a case pending litigation. It would not be smart. My aversion to AAG is based upon John Stalupi's reported ties to organized crime http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/mafia-soldiers-support-bush-cheney and his penchant for illegal hunting http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-156060085.html
Kymmy Anderson April 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hey you all need to relax Karma get's the evil EVERYTIME and If it went down how the NEWs reports it Ms. Brucia will get her fate handed to her in a way that will suit her TUDE that she's been sporting!!!!
John Finch April 25, 2012 at 03:24 AM
You will never see me shop at a Atlantic Automotive Group dealership; thought about it but not after this article. The sad part about this is that the Company is standing by a person who acted with such dislike to someone who gave her a kidney. Hit the company where it hurts; boycott their dealerships.
Khanh Dang April 25, 2012 at 03:58 AM
my families and i are organs donors, but, the last names of Brucia, and Staluppi, who will never get any organ from me or my families .
Michael Gennario April 25, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I'd still drive for repair then go to any AAG shop
Michael Gennario April 25, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Fact Brucia's statement when the employee was still sick due to a infection from her surgery ... so you're going to hold that over my head now ? people think I'm giving you special treatment .............Karma THAT!!! as reported on CBS News we have a new contender for the title Boss from Hell..........
ALEXANDER April 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
YOU ARE ONE OF THE ATLANTIC GUYS..ARE YOU?...WELL YOU LOST MY BUSINESS TOO....
jenn Byrne April 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Just for the record this is a personal issue between Jackie and Debbie and of course most of the real facts are not divulged here; however, there are excellent good people that also work for AAG and the AAG organized donates a ton of money via their company and via their local employees they also pay a lot of taxes to help support the communities with which they do business - all of the other employees whose families are supported by this business families who have children and who have had their own struggles and these bosses have come to their rescue without even being asked. I don't the thousands of employees should be punished for this singled unproved personal situation. It is very sad for those people all around and it will be dealt with but the rest of the people associated with this AAG company should not have the punishment put on them since non of them have anything to do with it! AAG's other employees should NOT be held accountable - please reconsider your business. May God Bless us all since he excepts us all harsh words towards any one are still unkind even if they are said about an unkind person!
Robert A. Booey April 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Lets not lose sight of this. This has nothing to do with the AUTO BUSINESS. This has to do with whats fair and ethical. Although, Jackie does work for a criminal. Nuff said.
jenn Byrne April 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Also for the record - I do not work for them and I have never, also they make large donations to causes that help many people for one recently, they donated over a $500 basket to a fundraiser I attended to help a 2 year old boy with stage 3 liver cancer and to help him get a liver transplant! That is just one of many generous donations the organization has made - ie... Local girl scout, and boy scouts, my child's school also part of the community, and to countless other organizations some times it's hard for us to see the whole picture. When we think ill thoughts about someone, we r just as guilty as those we point the finger at, all of this bashing is hurtful to all parties and if everyone shows compassion maybe a lesson can be learned here. I wish all parties a successful outcome to this scenario, people shouldn't llower their behavior to criticize someone else's as I said you are only hurting others in the long run! Be well all and be kind!
justin Ceiber April 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It's easy to jump all over the boss. But you are all ignorant of the facts. You only have what the sensationalizing media has chosen to present to you. Anyone here ever consider if the donor was trying to use her donation to get away with doing nothing at work? i can't say that is what happened, but at least i am intelligent enough not to jump to conclusions and take side out of ignorance.
Michael Gennario April 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Yep you hit it right on the head Uhhuh Ms Stevens went thru a painful surgery and a infection from that JUST so she can "get away with doing nothing at work" gadzooks the woman should be forced back to work and chained to her cubicle ..Are you kidding me???? Geez give me a break .There are more facts coming and I seriously doubt that Ms Brucia will want them to come out
Larry April 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You can talk about donantions they have made and all the nice things they have done. Point is they are wrong here plain and simple. lets not kid ourselves either, if you have ever gone into any car dealer they are all in it for the buck, from the sales person to the finance guy who is always a jerk. they sqeeze you for every dime they can get., its never about doing what is right or they would not play that game of running back and forth trying to get the best price for, that a big show! atlantic just happens to the biggest con artists on the street.
joann lowrey April 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Mr. Staluppi, you want us to contact you! What the hell is all this show boating about?! we want to call you and leave you a message! I am not impress! Your employee treated that poor soul like DIRT Get rid of that show boating crap and allow the public to respond to you that BRUTO WOMAN NAME brucia is wronggggg! I will never shop at your dealer HELL TO THE NAW!!!!
debl April 25, 2012 at 08:39 PM
FYI - the donations they made were all tax deductible; once again showing that they are in it for themselves only. We went there once and was asked for a down payment check in order to get a price quote on a car - yep, a price quote - don't think so!!! So I would not be the least bit surprised if this story were true. Shop elsewhere - I have since that day!
Douglas Muller April 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
These car dealers are as bad as real estate agents, they will say and do anything to get you to agree, how many times have they been cited for deceptive advertising? They tell you how great the deal is,but you have to take the car right then and there, that's why an I phone would be great at a dealership where you can say, let me just check with another dealership first, to see what they are offering.
Khanh Dang April 26, 2012 at 01:15 AM
check your intelligent please, some one i Missouri had her KIDNEY!!!!!!!!!
Peter Loffman April 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Remember you will also be hurting the 3000 Long Island employees of the dealerships. It is not fair to those employees for the wrongs of one. The best option would continue to call and e-mail the dealership. And again how do we know they were in the wrong? Wait until it plays out in the courts and we will see in the end who was in the right on this. In the meantime, do not affect the livelihood of these 3000 families!
Mika April 27, 2012 at 08:39 AM
I don't want the all the other employees to suffer, so I would recommend that AAG fire or retire Jackie Bruica to save their business. I live in Hawaii, but if I lived in LI, I would totally drive to another place to buy a car. The inhumanity this company represents makes me sick. United we stand has turned into Every man or woman for themselves.
intheindustry April 27, 2012 at 03:49 PM
You are right Jenn, the AAG lead by Mr. Staluppi does employee thousands of people who should not be held accountable for the poor decision making and heartless act of one person. BUT I know quite a few people that work for Ms. Brucia directly, the attitude and poor treatment of the employees that she supervises by her is legendary. I have been worned away by them when looking for employment in the past, having them describe her as a b***ch , and a bully, as being unreasonable, verbally harsh and unfair , with no concern for her behavoir because she is a high ranking, long term employee of this auto group with close ties to the Staluppi family. When you as an owner leave this type of person in charge of so much of your business and spend little time directly monitoring your own business , well things like this happen and you get whats coming to you, but hell Staluppi has to know how she is , its no secret in the industry. Im sure that it will have very little impact on Mr. Staluppi personally but I hope he starts to pay attention now and that the employees , salesman, service and the acctg office etc . dont get hit to hard by the boycotts.
Atlantic Auto Group April 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thank you for your comments. First, you should know that everyone at Atlantic Automotive Group applauds Deborah Stevens for her selfless and brave assistance to a fellow employee. We supported her decision and even began to support the Kidney Foundation. But reports that her dismissal is connected to her kidney donation are incorrect. While these reports are unfair and erroneous, our company is respecting employee privacy. So, I cannot discuss any specific details of this unfortunate situation. We are dismayed that her claims of a workplace dispute with a supervisor have prompted an orchestrated smear campaign. Our company has been in business for 30 years. We employ about 2,000 hard working Long Islanders who are provided with a good living and an excellent work environment. Thank you. Atlantic Auto Group
C.kols April 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Balderdash!
Cynthia Lockner April 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Just fix this! Do the right thing! Stop blathering on and on about privacy and applause and (yes you did, AAG) RESPECT! OMG! Settle this thing and hope to hell you haven't alienated every last customer on the Eastern seaboard. Doh!
Unbiased April 30, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I think this person is trying to sell one of her organs!! Hundreds of children and teenagers die every day, which are kept alive, on life support, only to "donate" all of their organs. This person should be living in China or India, where black-market organs are sold for a profit. If this person is so compassionate about her intentions, then she should donate 80% to the children’s transplant centers. I have an even better idea, donate to fight against black market organ trading in India or China, because the women in these countries get their organs removed in back alley clinics and sometimes without anesthesia. The US Human Rights organization would love you to pieces, if you donated to one of their causes, instead of buying a new house or designer handbag with the money you are suing for. Atlantic auto group shouldn’t apologize for this type of behavior.
Diane Cipolla May 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM
this is how the alantic group works. i worked there i know first hand n can prove it
Diane Cipolla May 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
She still should be on the list. This is how this group is. They r horrible. I worked there i know first hand n still have friends who have worked there. you have no clue how many stories that are true, n we have proof, of how this group really is :(
Diane Cipolla May 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I hope that is true!

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