(Note: I’ve sat on this post for a couple of days, waiting for more details. The allegation is so horrible, I can’t believe it. But no more details have emerged.)
OK, time for something all of us can agree on. If what is alleged in this lawsuit is true, there’s a woman in New York who needs to be flogged through the streets:
A “kind and generous’’ Long Island mom donated a kidney to save the life of her boss — who then turned around after she got what she wanted and helped fire the poor woman, according to an explosive new legal complaint.
The story is actually worse than that summary. According to the complaint — and we should emphasize that we’re only hearing one side at this point — Debbie Stevens left a job in New York. While visiting, she heard her former boss, Jackie Brucia, had health problems and mentioned that she would donate a kidney if Jackie’s donor fell through. She moved back and was rehired. When she heard her Brucia’s donor had been denied, she agreed to donate a kidney to a man in Missouri, in exchange for which Brucia would get a kidney.
After the surgery, Brucia complained about her returning to work slower than desired, berated her in front of other employees, then moved her to a dealership 50 miles away. When she complained, she was fired.
Again, we haven’t heard the other side. If it turns out that Stevens got lazy, figuring the kidney donation gave her carte blanche, I’ll post it. But if there is truth to these allegations; if this company and this woman have any sense at all, they will settle yesterday. The money is nothing. The public shaming is going to be intense and ruinous.
And it should be.