A manager at a Long Island car dealership is being sued by a former employee who says she was fired even after donating a kidney to help her boss, according to the New York Post.
The Post reports that Jackie Brucia fired employee Jackie Stevens, who had recently donated a kidney for Brucia.
Stevens' kidney was not a match for Brucia, but her donation allowed Brucia to move up the donor list and receive a life-saving transplant.
The trouble for Stevens began after the surgery when she was experiencing pain and missing work at the car dealer. According to the Post story, Brucia ordered Stevens to get back to work while Brucia was still at home recovering.
Stevens alleges she was berated in front of co-workers and transferred to another car dealer 50 miles from her home, and was later fired. Stevens has filed suit against Brucia with the state Human Rights commission.
Brucia did not comment for the Post story, but her husband, James, told a reporter the claims were "far from the truth.''