Here’s a story about a 47-year-old mother of two who was fired shortly after donating an organ for her boss.
The donor, Stevens, has filed a complaint with the New York State Human Rights Commission, claiming that she was set up by her boss, Brucia, who was in need of a kidney transplant. In the end, the employee says she felt like she was a “Plan B” in case another organ donor fell through.
Background. Stevens and Brucia first worked together at the dealership in 2009. Then, Stevens moved to Florida for a brief period of time. However, that wasn’t the last time these two would meet.
During a visit to New York, Stevens saw Brucia. In an interview with ABCNews.com, Stevens said that Brucia mentioned her need for a kidney transplant. At one point Stevens offered to be a donor, but Brucia said she had found a possible donor. Stevens offered to be a donor if there were any problems.
After a few months, Stevens moved back to New York and Brucia rehired her. That’s where the story gets tricky.
The complaint. Shortly after being rehired, Stevens told the New York Post she was called into her boss’s office, whereupon Brucia told her “My donor was denied. Were you serious when you said that?” To which Stevens replied, “Sure, yeah.”
Stevens reasoned that “She was my boss, I respected her. It’s just who I am. I didn’t want her to die.”
As it turns out, Stevens wasn’t a match. However, Stevens agreed to donate a kidney to someone else in the transplant group, thereby bumping her boss up the waiting list, which worked. Both underwent surgery.
Following the procedure, Stevens had serious pain, discomfort in her legs, and digestive problems. She claims that despite her pain, she felt pressured to go back to work before she was ready.
She returned, and after three days in the office, went home sick. Her boss—who was still out on leave from the transplant—allegedly called to question Stevens about why she wasn’t at work.
“I told her I didn’t feel good,” the employee told the Post. Her boss allegedly responded, “You can’t come and go as you please. People are going to think you’re getting special treatment.”
Once the employee returned to work, she claims mistreatment ensued, including being yelled at in front of other employees.
Then, Stevens was demoted to a dealership 50 miles from her home. After consulting a psychiatrist, her lawyers wrote a letter to the company, and she was promptly given a pink slip, according to the complaint.
Despite being fired, the former employee appears to be standing by her decision to donate, “I have no regrets [that] I donated a kidney because it saved the life of a man in Missouri.”
In a statement, Stevens’ attorney said he plans to file a discrimination lawsuit against the employer.
Sources: www.nypost.com, http://abcnews.go.com
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