The decision noted "probable cause" that Debbie Stevens' former employer, Atlantic Automotive Group of West Islip, engaged in a discriminatory practice by firing her from her administrative assistant position after she offered a kidney to then-friend and supervisor Jackie Bruscia, 61, in 2011, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
"Something was very different when I got back," Stevens, 49, said, noting when she returned to work Bruscia badgered, demoted and fired Stevens.
"She [Stevens] has permanent physical and emotional damage," said Stevens' lawyer, Lenard Leeds.
The finding paves the way for a $15 million lawsuit against Bruscia and the auto dealership. Stevens learned her kidney was not a match for Bruscia, but donated the organ to another patient in Bruscia's name, moving Bruscia up on a waiting list for kidneys, the newspaper said.