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Sounds like something out of a movie for me really like? Huh? Perhaps I should start this off with asking you if you would donate a kidney to your boss, like ever?
Anyway….Debbie Stevens filed a complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission in 2012, alleging that Jackie Brucia, her supervisor, had essentially used her for her kidney and then abruptly given her a pink slip as though she were no longer required after the kidney transplant was completed.
She reportedly stated in an interview with ABC News at the time she said: “After the surgery, she turned into this whole different person – mean, heartless, treating me like I was beneath her.”
“It’s hard to even find words to capture how badly she treated me… She’d yell at me for things I didn’t do and went to extremes, she wouldn’t even let me step away from my desk.
She added: “It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney.”
Debbie left the company in June 2010 in order to relocate to Florida. In September, when she went back to New York to see her daughter, she decided to drop by the dealership, according to the complaint. Jackie informed Stevens about her kidney transplantation during this visit.
Debbie stated that Jackie had a friend or other potential donor. However, she assured her that she would be willing to donate her kidney in the event of anything. To which her Boss responded saying: ‘You never know, I may have to take you up on that one day,” said Jackie jokingly to Debbie.
Debbie moved back to Long Island a few months later and spoke with Jackie about potential openings for work. Within a few weeks, Jackie recruited her.
Then, Debbie claimed that her employer brought her into her office in January 2011 and asked her about her intentions to donate a kidney.
“I said, ‘Yeah, sure. This isn’t a joking matter,” Debbie said. “I did not do it for job security. I didn’t do it to get a raise. I did it because it’s who I am,” said Debbie who told the publication.
However, after Debbie’s kidney surgery she returned to work, and that is when things took a concerning turn. She was demoted as opposed to receiving praises for risking her life and pleasant welcoming hugs.
When Debbie decided to seek legal assistance, everything changed. After her attorney contacted the company, it all happened in a week, and she was dismissed.
So, I ask again, would you donate it to save your boss’s life? What would you have done if you found yourself in Debbie’s position? Would you demand for your kidney back?
Written by: Chareen Kauazunda