Woman claims she was fired after donating kidney to boss
Debbie Stevens and her attorney respond
- Duration 6:00
- Date Apr 23, 2012
Debbie Stevens and her attorney respond
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-- -- now out of a job -- Stephen says he donated kidney.
To help -- sick boss Jackie Bruce and get a transplant.
But not long after the surgery.
-- says he was told take -- -- she was.
Devi and her attorney -- Did call the Atlantic automotive group the company not comment.
On good to have both of you think with us this is bizarre did it because.
I guess I wonder.
-- Boston went and you gave to kidney.
Did you have any role in in letting you go.
And she's part of the automotive group so I am I believe that all of them are responsible in some way.
And I went back -- she didn't directly no but I was transferred against my wishes.
That's another location.
I would have been very high above my job I did not -- -- -- there.
And I was devastated when the chance that made.
You know when I got to the new location.
But like anyone call to check up on Nancy is everything working out okay there and and the reason that -- chance of me but they said the situation was too personal.
Even though I wants to keep it private you know I never wanted anyone there to know that I did.
They stick to personal that -- exceed beyond reproach words I I suppose you generally America -- we filed a complaint with the state division of human rights and -- course filed with EEOC.
We're alleging disability discrimination and also retaliation.
When we were retaliation for what -- complaining that when -- be advised them that she was being irrational anti human -- -- the human rights department.
That she ultimately they did nothing and ultimately was she was termed it when you see you were harassed by the way what was going on.
It's it's -- very -- situation just torment.
Torment and then over what over the kidney you know to torment over just just generally speaking I mean I can't imagine where it came from I in my wildest imagination I cannot come out with we'll -- think that you were teacher's pet kind of deal.
Well as she kept stressing to me that I wasn't gonna get special treatment although I was not looking for a special -- -- did you do.
It's as part of who I am.
So she was -- she needed a kidney and and you volunteers at the time -- -- close to did you know we're very well.
Says my bus.
-- my advice that -- attitude for a lot of people you know I really it's just part of who I am.
It is not expected to -- -- -- at one's a list and it took to her.
The day the day left on a mall and -- you know from a transfer to and -- plays and what did she say at the time she actually asked me for my new address so that she could write to me.
And I to smile to shore up my kind of my sunglasses walked up the fact or and that was it.
You know and I'm no lawyer -- but I could I could see a little bit where the competent confident because.
That's -- kind of a touchy situation her direct superior.
Obviously would never.
Castigate or -- -- new one or or or punish her because of that situation so maybe it was better to move -- The white terminate her she's without a job she's without -- where others laid off.
Not that I always assume she has no medical coverage now -- -- -- therapy she seen doctor she's on medication known artists and believe me getting -- for any reasons -- -- but.
-- any issues that were brought up about the quality -- were.
-- -- -- Now -- and and and I have to say that.
-- was she just flip over and above the normal tough boss scenario.
This is unnecessary.
-- she went up.
Took over compensated for for what would appear to be following it.
Well I never asked for anything so what it's possibly on me she had me not a thing.
You know this doesn't work relationships -- was my so my view this as a work relation I was regardless what you personally did you didn't measure up.
That's -- you want to say it.
You know I don't agree with that I think that -- worked hard I thought that I got the position that I had based on merit and hard working and doing a good job.
And maybe I was -- -- mistaken by that.
I don't know did you ever think when you.
Gave the kid incredible act by the way it's amazing.
You know at least my -- a little safer here and doing something that she can't forget.
Leonard should there be it a quid pro quo.
Well I think at this point we want a jury to hear the facts we're gonna -- before federal court jury -- who's gonna tell a story and they're gonna make a determination if she's entitled to money damages.
We think she is.
Tom what made you take the case.
Well it was unique.
We had been speaking -- can't be over a period of weeks and months and we thought that we could work it out.
That she could continue to work -- because she loved her job.
When she complained when we sent a letter to the company and we said look it's just not right when you -- -- terror.
To -- surprise they turn.
Would even have determination to do this woman -- and -- has your kid.
-- every sale like she you know.
-- identity editing to do it says a deal -- citizen have my keeping specific.
We were part of the national kidney registry.
Ruling in which you have to give -- a good campaign in order to get to you don't know for sure whether she has your -- -- -- -- that she doesn't like -- went to saint Louis Missouri -- came from San Francisco.
Also -- -- a lot of your -- and.
Wow now she's got a good Italian -- -- is the bank she could have gotten that kidney analysts had a good ones giveaway which was mine.
I -- any regrets.
I don't -- -- I know that I helped battling her but and other people.
To have their life back so.
There were actually fourteen people that receive kidneys as a result of this -- you know a change in the back.
So impacted many lives and pretty nice thank you vote for him -- I -- -- moment.