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Debbie Stevens Gets Fired After Giving Boss Her Kidney

04/29/2012 02:26 PM ET

She thought she was doing the right thing by helping someone in need, but Debbie Stevens would soon realize that donating her kidney to keep her boss alive will result in her getting fired.

Debbie has filed a formal complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission.

When the 47-year-old learned that her 61-year-old boss needed a kidney transplant, she jumped in, perhaps too far.

Brucia let Stevens know she was in need of a transplant. “She said she had a possible donor, a friend or something,” Stevens said. “But I told her if anything happened that I’d be willing to donate my kidney. She kind of jokingly replied, ‘You never know, I may have to take you up on that one day.’”

A few months went by and Brucia called Stevens into her office to question how serious she was about the kidney offer.

“I said, ‘Yeah, sure. This isn’t a joking matter,’” Stevens 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. I didn’t want her to die,” Stevens said.

Although it was not an exact match for Brucia, Stevens donation move her up the list to get her transplant. Stevens now suffers from discomfort after doctors hit a nerve in her leg and she also has digestive problems. Even so, she returned to work after a four-week recovery, and things turned into a ‘Jekyl and Hyde’ situation with Brucia right away.

“She just started treating me horribly, viciously, inhumanly after the surgery,” Stevens told ABCNews.com. “It was almost like she hired me just to get my kidney.”

“I don’t have words strong enough or large enough to describe her treatment of me,” Stevens said. “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.”

Eventually, Stevens was demoted and transferred to another dealership 50 miles away. The mental stress of how she was treated caused her to have to see a psychiatrist. After her lawyers sent a letter to the dealership over the matter she was fired and her medical insurance is about to run out that she needs for medical treatment stemming from the kidney surgery.


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