New York mother-of-two Debbie Stevens, 47, offered her kidney to her boss Jackie Brucia, 61, who was struggling to find an organ donor, the New York Post reports.
Ms Stevens filed legal action in New York’s Human Rights Court on Friday seeking millions of dollars compensation after she was allegedly fired when her boss “got what she wanted”.
“I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss, and she took my heart,” Ms Stevens said.
“I feel very betrayed. This has been a very hurtful and horrible experience for me. She just took this gift and put it on the ground and kicked it.”
The Long Island divorcee first met Ms Brucia while employed as a clerical worker for car dealership firm Atlantic Automotive Group (AAG) in January 2009.
In September 2010, Ms Brucia revealed her “need for a kidney transplant” to Ms Stevens, but said she had found a potential donor.
Because she was a “naturally kind and generous person”, Ms Stevens said she would be willing to donate a kidney, court papers quoted by the New York Post claim.