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Report: Woman Says She Was Fired After Kidney Donation

Debbie Stevens claims she lost her job at Atlantic Auto Group in West Islip after donating a kidney for her boss.

A Long Island woman claims she was fired from her job at a West Islip car dealership after donating a kidney so that her ailing boss could move up the donor transplant list, the New York Post reported.

Debbie Stevens, 47, filed a legal complaint with the Human Rights Commission of New York alleging that her boss , 61, used her for a kidney donation and then fired her from the Atlantic Auto Group where they both worked, The New York Post reports.

"I feel very betrayed," Stevens told The Post. "This has been a very hurtful and horrible experience for me."

According to the Post report, the suit alleges that Stevens got to know Brucia, a controller for the company, while serving as a clerical worker in 2009. Stevens then left the job and moved to Florida. Upon returning to Long Island and learning of Brucia's illness, Stevens offered to donate her kidney to her former boss in 2011. Stevens said she was then hired back.

After a potential donor fell through, Brucia allegedly asked Stevens if she was serious about her offer. Stevens obliged, according to reports.

But Stevens turned out to not be a perfect match for Brucia, so doctors agreed to let Stevens donate her kidney to another individual so Brucia could move up on the donor registry list.

After going through with the donor surgery, Stevens claims she was pressured to return to work before she was fully recovered, according to The Post.

Stevens then claimed she was berated, demoted to a dealership far from her home, and eventually fired, according to the complaint. 

Brucia's husband James told reporters from The Post Sunday that Stevens' claims are "far from the truth."

The Atlantic Automotive Group has not responded to media requests for comment.

MJ April 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I'll never buy a car from the Atlantic Auto Group. There must be a special circle of Hell for Jackie Brucia.
RESIDENT April 24, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Atlantic auto group is a large supporter of west islip, just ask any of the schools, little leagues, fund raisers and local buisnesses, so you wont buy a car but you ask them to donate. p.s. theres two sides to every story, jackie is not the owner just an employee and she was offer it. the suppose victim says she did it out of the kindness of her heart, but now is seeking millions sounds a little fishy.
Cincitygirl April 24, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Why is that "fishy?" How would she have known that her kind-hearted act of kindness would come back and bite her? I mean, come on we are talking about giving a kidney That's quite an elaborate way to try and sue someone. What do you think will happen to her if her only kidney fails her? She did what MOST of us would never do- gave up an organ for the well being of a co-worker. Come on people, it's not like she could not have ever found a job. I am not sure how much of a legal case this will turn out to be, but this is a bad example of how to practice moral ethics. Just for the fact that the lady got fired, and the boss did not stand up for her, shows that the woman is ungrateful. This story makes me both sad and angry.
JOSEPHINE FRANCO April 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I AGREE 1 MILLION PERCENT!!!!!
JOSEPHINE FRANCO April 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM
YOU SOUND FISHY! SOME ONE GIVING UP THEIR ORGAN FROM THEIR HEART AND THEIR LITTLE DONATIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN LIFE!!!!! THIS IS WHAT YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN? ALL THAT STUFF WOULD BE HERE IF SHE LOSSED HER LIFE FOR BEING COMPASSIONAT! lOOKS LIKE YOU AND OTHERS THEY DONATED TO ,WILL BE THEIR ONLY CUSTOMERS! i F THEY DONATED TO ME OR MY ORGANIZATION I WOULD TAKE EVERYTHING BACK TO THEM AND TELL THEM WE DO NOT ACEPT GIFTS FROMR THOSE WHO ARE NOT COMPASSIONATE!!!
JOSEPHINE FRANCO April 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD CINCITY I AGREE WITH YOU! THIS IS SOOOOOOOO SAD THAT POOR LADY WENT THROUGH ALL THAT TO BE TREATED LIKE DIRT!!!!
Chris Hillier April 24, 2012 at 03:11 PM
There are 2 sides to every story to hold Atlantic Auto Mall as a whole at fault and say you will not buy any vehicles is ludicrous. Atlantic Auto mall and Dan Toomey donate alot of $$$$ to many,many causes that save many many lives!!! Until you know what they do for this town and many other towns you should hold your judgement. I find it quite interesting that Atlantic Auto Mall is not in the headlines more for all the GREAT things they do for all of us. If that were the case they would be on the cover of Newsday every day. But they do things out of generosity and there hearts and choose not to be in the head lines for all the GOOD they do. I am a customer for life and respect all they do for this community and am very grateful to them!!!!!!!
Bob g April 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
As a recipient of their charity, I find your opinion tainted.
paula hart April 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I bet a year's salary that if the tables were turned Jennifer Brucia would not have been as generous.........what a life failure!
Service Discard April 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I worked at the Atlantic and that is ABSOULTLY the way they treat all emoloyees, except the chosen few. A disgrace but not surprised. I was in service and they are a despicable group. I hope she buries them. They have high priced attorneys but the negative press will bury them more. HAPPY DAYS!
CARLA DIPETRO April 24, 2012 at 07:28 PM
i AGREE
Gene April 24, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Generosity ? Not one individual saw a penny of their money ! Baseball games my a**. They are buying their publicity so they can sell you cars - cars that are overpriced and mostly lemons. The woman has donated her kidney - she gave that whatever a life - period ! Even if she asked for $$$ that would be OK ! There is no price on kidney saving your life. That women should have offered her a perpetual salary if she was even remotely human. I have never heard of anything like this since the story of Elsa Koch. Brucia = Elsa Koch !
Dean E. Sizemore April 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM
If they are so wonderful and do such great things, why is this former employee being treated like this? And why can't Ms. Brucia be reached for comment? Something smells fishy to me.
Eric como April 29, 2012 at 01:32 PM
THAT WOMAN(INHUMAN AS SHE IS)SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF!!!THEN AGAIN THERE ARE SO MANY OF THAT KIND AROUND,WHAT A CLUB TO BELONG TO!!!DISGUSTING!!!
Flower Miller May 03, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I can get jobs without having to donate my organs to anyone. What is wrong with this woman? And she said Jackie "broke her heart". That statement shows how far removed form reality she is: she had no real relationship with this woman to begin with.
Kathy Hall November 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
wow, I hope this company feels the pain in their bottom line. The organ recipient is ruthless

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