An American woman is suing her employer, saying that she was fired after developing complications from the operation in whch she donated a kidney to save the life of her boss.
To help her boss Jackie Brucia move up the transplant waiting list, 47-year-old Debbie Stevens of Long Island donated her kidney, enabling Ms Brucia to secure a perfect match from another donor.
Stevens said she did not realize that she was in for serious pain, discomfort in her legs and digestive problems after the surgery. She said she felt pressured to return to her job at the Atlantic Automotive Group before she was ready, even though Ms Brucia was still recovering at home. When Stevens went home sick three days after her return, she said, Brucia actually called her from home to berate her.
“She…said, ‘What are you doing? Why aren’t you at work?’ I told her I didn’t feel good,’’ Stevens said. “She said, ‘You can’t come and go as you please. People are going to think you’re getting special treatment.’ ”
After Brucia returned to work, she’d yell at Stevens in front of co-workers over alleged mistakes.
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.’’
Ms Stevens consulted a psychiatrist. and her lawyers wrote a letter to the company, after which Stevens was quickly fired.
(Source: New York Post)