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Meg Whitman's Housekeeper: Undocumented

9/29/2010 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Meg Whitman's former housekeeper was an undocumented worker and claims working for the Republican candidate for Governor was a "nightmare."

Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman's housekeeper of 9 years, held a news conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, and claims Whitman had all the clues she was an undocumented worker but closed her eyes to it because she was cheap help ... $23 an hour.

Allred claims the housekeeper was "exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused" by Whitman.

Allred claims when the housekeeper was hired 9 years ago through an agency, Whitman never asked if she was in the U.S. legally.  And, during her employment, Santillan told Whitman she couldn't travel to Mexico.  And, Allred said, Whitman found out Santillan's Social Security number didn't match her name, but Whitman did nothing.  Allred said it's the classic case of "don't ask, don't tell."

0929_whitman_debate_videoThat all changed, Allred says, when Whitman launched her campaign for Governor, realizing having an illegal alien on board was a liability ... and fired her.

Santillan says Whitman treated her "like a piece of garbage" by letting her go.

Allred says Santillan is filing a claim with the Labor Commission for back wages and mileage.

Yesterday, Whitman said in the debate with Jerry Brown that employers should be held accountable for hiring undocumented workers.

Click here to read Gloria's written statement.



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She was illegal. It cost her her job. Send her back to Arizona where it doesn't matter. End of story.

1488 days ago


Aren't employment agencies responsible for screening the candidates they send out? I thought that was why they got paid for the transaction. For example, nannies are screened for sex abuse charges, etc.

1488 days ago


$23 hr/ 8 hr day/50 week yr/ = $46,000 in tax free dollars=$60...,000 tp a tax payer (using a 30% tax load).

THE HORROR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1488 days ago


Latinos vote against Meg Whitman. No justice, no votes.

1488 days ago


Ice Ice Baby....

1488 days ago


Daniel what article did you read? She was "abused and exploited"? Come on she was paid $23.00 an hour to clean the woman's house. She was far from an "Illegal alien slave". She voluntarily worked there for 9 years and is only bent out of shape now that she got fired.

1488 days ago


Hey Meg, Please exploit me by paying me $23 and hour to clean your house. Really!

1488 days ago


I live in an area where they sell ss# for 35.00 at the bridge. When my husband found 5 employees with the same number he called ICE & was informed he would be thrown in jail if he fired them, since it was a violation of their rites. Double standards or just filling the social security fund.

1488 days ago


I’m sure since she was making money under someone else’s SS number she was also getting assistance!
Food stamps, WIC, section 8- She should be investigated for FRAUD!

1488 days ago


$23 an hour?!?!?!??! CHEAP?? Tell that to the little guys working at minimum wage.

1488 days ago


Since it is legal to have undo***ented workers if you have less than 5 employees, I don't see what the dig deal is.

IRCA 1985.

1488 days ago


35 years of work, 3 degrees, and I never got $23/hour.

So, does the maid get charged with misuse of a Social Security card? Does it work both ways, or just against the American citizen?

1488 days ago


Adios, Senora Santillan.

1488 days ago

Real love    

She should've asked whitman to help her get her papers during those 9 yrs especially getting paid at that rate.

1488 days ago


Funny, Meg will pay an illegal alien $23 an hour but doesn't think Americans deserve $7.50 minimum wage. If she had her way she'd ship the remaining well paying jobs for Americans to China.
Its obvious Meg's Cheer leading squad is made up of the ultra wealthy, big business, and MORONs.

1488 days ago
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