LI mom fired after donating kidney to her boss: Leeds, Morelli and Brown files lawsuit with the state Human Rights Commission

Debbie Stevens, a 47-year-old divorced mother of two from Long Island, New York, has been fired from her job her at Atlantic Automotive Group after donating a kidney to save her boss’ life. In a Complaint, filed with the state Human Rights Commission, Stevens claims that she was set up by her boss, Jackie Brucia, 61. Brucia allegedly took advantage of Steven’s generosity, convincing her to donate a kidney. Despite not being a match, Stevens was able to donate her kidney to a person in St. Louis, Missouri and, in exchange, Brucia received a kidney from a donor in San Francisco, California. After the surgery, Brucia began to yell at Stevens in front of co-workers. Eventually Stevens’ office and overtime were taken away and she was demoted to a dealership 50 miles from her home in a high-crime neighborhood that co-workers jokingly called “Siberia.” Full article.

Stevens is represented by attorneys Lenard Leeds and Jeffrey K. Brown, managing partners at the Law Firm of Leeds, Morelli and Brown, P.C. Mr. Leeds is on record stating that he plans to file a discrimination lawsuit on Stevens’ behalf against Atlantic Automotive Group. The Complaint will likely seek millions of dollars in compensation.

Employer retaliation constitutes any adverse action taken by an employer when an employee has filed a complaint against the employer. Different forms of retaliation include harassment or discrimination, as well as getting fired or being punished by an employer. According to the United States Department of Labor, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In addition, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This law is enforced by the Civil Rights Center. See: more information.

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