A former Atlantic Auto Group employee was unjustly fired after donating a kidney to help her sick boss, a state panel said Monday.
The state Division on Human Rights found there was “probable cause” that the employers of Debbie Stevens practiced discrimination in firing her from a administrative assistant position at the West Islip-based company, the NY Post reports.
Stevens filed a legal complaint with the Human Rights Commission of New York earlier this year alleging that her boss Jackie Brucia used her for a kidney donation in 2011 and then subsequently fired her from AAG where they both worked.
AAG released a statement in April calling Stevens' claims "groundless," adding, "Atlantic Auto treated her appropriately and acted honorably and fairly, at every turn."
The finding allows Stevens to move forward with a $15 million lawsuit she plans to file against the company and Brucia, according to the Post.
“She has permanent physical and emotional damage,” Stevens’ lawyer, Lenard Leeds told the Post.