While we applaud Deborah Stevens for her selfless assistance to a fellow employee, the reality is that she was terminated from Atlantic Automotive Group for poor job performance over the course of many months.
Reports that her dismissal is connected to her kidney donation are incorrect; but, her inability to meet the minimum standards for her job are well documented. Still, because we recognized her unselfish acts, we actively tried to resolve her job performance issues, but a solution could not be found.
Despite numerous attempts to counsel, train and support Ms. Stevens, including reassigning her to another convenient location at her request, her job performance was substandard and even threatened the credit worthiness of customers. Some of her colleagues said she seemed to be intentionally doing things she knew were incorrect.
To our surprise, she even declined a severance package from us and has declined to accept our offer to pay her COBRA medical insurance. Her attorneys have declined the offer by our attorneys to mediate her claims.
We are dismayed that her claims of a workplace dispute with a supervisor have prompted what appears to be an orchestrated smear campaign. In fact, we supported her decision to donate a kidney and even began to support the Kidney Foundation.
Atlantic Auto Group has been in business for 30 years. We employ about 2,000 hard working Long Islanders and we are proud to provide them with a good living and an excellent work environment. We respect all of our employees and the good work that they do.
We expect to have this resolved in our favor in the legal system, if a claim is filed.