NEW YORK -- A "kind and generous" New York mom donated a kidney to help save the life of her boss -- who then turned around after she got what she wanted and helped fire the woman, according to an explosive new legal complaint.
"I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss, and she took my heart," Debbie Stevens, a 47-year-old divorced mother of two, said. "I feel very betrayed. This has been a very hurtful and horrible experience for me. She just took this gift and put it on the ground and kicked it."
In papers filed Friday with the state's Human Rights commission, Stevens charges that she was clearly set up by Jackie Brucia, 61, her once-ailing boss at the billion-dollar Atlantic Automotive Group (AAG), which operates several new-car dealerships.
Stevens said she first got to know Brucia, one of the West Islip company's controllers, while toiling as a clerical worker for the firm starting in January 2009.
Stevens then left the company in June 2010 to move to Florida. But when she returned to Long Island for a visit that September, she stopped by the office and talked with Brucia, a discussion that included Brucia's health problems and "her need for a kidney transplant," the papers state.
Stevens said that Brucia told her she had located a possible donor, a family friend.
But "because she was naturally a kind and generous person, Stevens told Brucia that, if necessary, she would be willing to donate a kidney," the document says.