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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."

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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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436.

DeeDee    

$23 is not a lot if cleaning a home takes less than 5 hours. And not counting the money she spent on gas/bus trips and the 20%-30% the agency takes away from your paycheck every week. Not a lot if you really take the time to do the math. But I'm sure most of you just read $23/hour and stopped thinking...

Whitman is the biggest hypocrite out there, in Spanish ads she's all for the illegals, and in English ads she opposes them. She has no experience in politics, and she didn't vote for 28 years...Enough said...

1420 days ago
437.

George    

1> Nikky broke the law - being here illegally (doesn't seem like a big thing breaking federal laws now)
2> Broke the 2nd Federal law - Gave a fake SSN -Does this belong to someone else?
3> Work for this tyrant for 9 years?
4> $23 ain't bad when legal american citizens are working minimum wage if they can get a job!

1420 days ago
438.

Johnny    

Why isn't the illegal deported yet?She admits to do***ent fraud!Charges need to be filed!!!

1420 days ago
439.

Diana    

I live in California and most people hire illegals and don't even care. I do, and obviously Meg Whitman was trying to do the right thing. How many domestic housekeepers make $23 an hour? None except if you work for the State of California cleaning up....YOU ARE REAllY CLEANING UP BECAUSE YOU PROBABLY MAKE $35 PER HOUR AND YOUR BENEFITS LIKE RETIRING AT AGE 50 AND LIFE LONG HEALTH CARE PROBABLY COSTS THE TAXPAYER ABOUT $15 MORE PER HOUR. UNIONS owns not only Jerry Brown but they also pretty much own the state.
Jerry Brown made a big important announcement about running for governor or some other silly speech with all the Public Union officials. It doesn't take a genius to know that Jerry Brown is bought and paid for by the Public Unions in Cali.
California taxpayers are really out of luck.
Talk about taxes!!There are more taxes and fees than anyone could even dream up. Want to hear what I pay to live in CALI?
Well: Property taxes-$6500 per year, State income tax-$40,000 per year. That's just a start...car tax every year at a cost of $800 per year and car insurance for myself, husband and 2 college kids about $5000 per year, 10% sales tax,utility tax, tax for magazines,water bottle tax,extra tax on gas, extra tax on cigarettes, ca state disability,local tax, extra levy on property tax for school facilities because school districts pay average teacher's approximately $85,000 per year with benefits,many fireman make over $150,000 per year and retire at 50. Ever got a red light photo ticket? Well I have and it costs $454.00 and the State of California gets $100 of it. The list is too long to continnue, but this I do know....California's state senator's want more.
So someone like the media whore, Gloria Allred comes out with this Meg Whitman maid story just to create a smokescreen over what is really important.
Cali needs jobs. I might add that California taxes the hell out of those "mean and greedy businesses" who just so happen to create jobs so Cali citizens can go to work.
But the dopes in Sacramento, including the biggest dope out there, JERRY BROWN, just want to raise taxes on the rich.
Because everyone knows that business employers are bad and having a huge bloated government making decisions for you is the right way to live. Because we all know how smart our representatives in Sacramento are.
I mean really...it's all true.
And you know what they say, as California goes, so goes the rest of the nation.
I will close with saying this. Our country was founded by men who were business people who held office for a few years as a public service and then went back to being a private citizens.
Nowadays, politicians like Brown make it a life long career and have the audacity to tell Californian's what a great governor he was! He has held many public offices. He started out serving on a community college district, then he was governor, secretary of state, mayor of Oakland, attorney general and ran for President and US Sentate. City of Bell was on his watch.
Please Jerry, GET OUT of the WAY and leave Cali alone.
Let's at least give Meg Whitman a chance. She's a newbie and Cali needs fresh ideas backed up by her experience at ebay.

1420 days ago
440.

Gehn    

Send the ex-maid back to her proper country once she pays a huge fine for being in the USA illegally in the first place.

They say Whitman didn't ask her if she was illegal.. if she had does anyone really think the lawbreaking maid would have answered truthfully?

They show her crying.. what for? She was making great wages for years then after she got caught being a lawbreaking lier she finds a way to get revenge for losing her job.

Crocodile tears by the lying whining cheating law breaking witch done in public in an attempt to show how 'hard done by' the ILLEGAL border crosser is. Yeah right go try that in Mexico and see how far you get...

Wonder how much that allred and brown are paying her for her acting skills? Also who cares if your maid can travel to Mexico or not when your house is in the States?? Gimme a break.

1420 days ago
441.

Immigrant    

Mexican's deserve more then everyone else even though we never were indigenous to this country we deserve to take advantage of your health care , welfare , children benefits , schooling , and scholorships to the point of which those who were really intended to recieve those perks nolonger have the opportunity infact you only pay for us immigrants with your tax dollars for the most part. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. Immigration is good for 1 thing in america, its good for going bankrupt.

1420 days ago
442.

Dano    

Nice pay for a HK even in Cali... poor sweat shop child.

BTW this chica is seeking mileage reimbursement?

What a crock?

Allred has outed her as an illegal and then outed her for SSN fraud and I-9 Fraud ... great lawyer huh?

Who is fronting Allred for this case?

Jerry Brown, you gots some 'splaining to do!!!

1420 days ago
443.

weimmom    

Nicky Diaz Santillan is the criminal, not Whitman. Why did she have to read her statement vs speaking? Maybe she did not write it???
Nicky Diaz Santillan needs to go back to Mexico as she is the "illegal"!

1420 days ago
444.

ckminton    

WHITMAN!!!! IDIOT!!!! REGARDLESS OF HER RUNNING THE HOUSEKEEPER SHOULD STILL HAVE HER JOB.

1420 days ago
445.

Janie    

I absolutely DISLIKE how you IDIOTS keep saying "THIS BITCH, THIS ILLEGAL" should be deported back to mexico. ****N RACIST MODA FU***S Who cares if she got paid 23/HR who cares if you have a degree and get paid $18. In the end its the BULL**** THESE "MEXICANS" HAVE TO GO THROUGH .... $23HR Is what she deserves and MORE for getting mistreated,and treated like crap. I want to see each AND EVERY PERSON WHO TALKS ABOUT ILLEGALS AS IF YOU GUYS ARE ANY BETTER CLEAN TOILETS, HOUSES, THROW TRASH, CLEAN AND DO THE JOB THAT YOU MODA FU******* WOULDNT DO!!!! UNGRATEFUL IDIOTS ...AFTER THESE POOR PPL DO THE JOBS THAT YOU GUYS WOULDNT DO U PPL STILL COMPLAIN. YEAH LETS DEPORT ALL THESE ILLEGALS FOR YOU "AMERICANS" CAN CLEAN TOILETS LIKE SLAVES AND GET TREATED LIKE SH****** .....

1420 days ago
446.

cybobserver    

DEMOCRATS WANT US TO BELIEVE us that Illegals are ONLY doing the jobs Americans won't do. Now Allred wants us to believe the ILLEGAL alien with fake do***ents who lied to employment agency & Whitman to get her $23.00 an hour job be a housekeeper was so emotionally and financially taken advantage of - she only stayed for 9 YEARS - until she was discovered to be illegal?!!
GIVE ME A BREAK!!! This makes me SICK!!!
$23.00 x 40 hours x 52 Weeks = $47,840.00 (before taxes)!!!!!!!
This UNEMPLOYED AMERICAN wants to know is the job still open???
I BELIEVE I WANT TO WORK FOR MEG WHITMAN!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!

1420 days ago
447.

Bruce    

Jerry Brown as the attorney general is obligated to take action against that housekeeper who committed felonies in the fact she submitted false do***entation to get a job and broke the law by being in this country illegally. I feel that Meg Whitman followed the law precisely and way overpaid this illegal traitor. I have never made $23 AN hour my entire life except on overtime. This is all about an October surprise and Jerry Brown is behind this. Who the hell would want anyone of his character as dog catcher let alone Governor?

1420 days ago
448.

Edie    

How did poor Nicky find Allred? Fired housekeepers just don't do that on their own. I'll bet there was an insider at the Dept. of Labor office.

Edie

1420 days ago
449.

Suzanne    

Cyberobserver:

$23 an hour is not bad but look at the statement and the letter from the SSA. She was paid for 15 hours per week exactly hence she was on a yearly salary of $17,940 to clean a 3700 square foot home each week. No more than 15 hours of work were paid for. A 3700 square foot home would seem to be a large house that might require more than 15 hours a week to clean. I wonder how many unpaid hours she worked and what her actual hourly wage computed to.

The job is open though so go for it.

1420 days ago
450.

G    

If Meg Whitman knew the lady was an illegal alien, would she have continued to pay SS.
Why isn't the maid in jail for fraud on SS and being an illegal alien?
This is nothing less than a desperate attempt to turn the election

1420 days ago
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