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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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481.

independent    

I just want to know when Ms. Nikki Diaz Santillian is going to be on "Dancing With The Stars" and
what other 15 minutes of fame perks she is being promised.

1423 days ago
482.

chris    

So lets look at this she was hired through an agency where I would assume that they told her what her salary would be. She was ok with that and took the job. She provide fake papers to get the job. So I am lost what did Whitman have to do with any of this. Am I missing something, I dont see where she had anything to do with the salary, or determine her status. If she did not like the working there did she ever tell the agency that she want to change work locations. Hmmm sound like BS to me Just saying

1423 days ago
483.

dina    

Meg is a billionaire. Do you think she would risk anything to save $100 in monthly expenses? No, she wouldn't. Only a minimum wage employee would think she would. Meg obviously did not know her maid was illegal. She employed the maid through an agency. Meg did not have time or interest to do a background check of her maid. Give me a break!!! When you are the CEO of a big company, you don't have time to worry about whether your housekeeper falsified her employment papers. That just shouldn't be on your mind. You have bigger things to worry. If that's all her opponent could come up with to smear her campaign, then I say she's a winner. Vote for Meg!

1423 days ago
484.

Candace    

#27 Let's see if I have this right. An illegal comes here and is referred by an employment agency with what seems to be a current Driver's Licence and SS card. The employer hires the illegal through an agency at $23/hr for a minimum wage entry level no skill job that most get 1/3 that. The employer gets a letter several years later--the employer who hired the maggot through an employment agency nonconfrontationally writes a note to inquire why because the do***ent says that it is not grounds to fire. The illegal puts the letter someplace and it is forgotten and then when the employer finds out that their employee is illegal dismisses the parasite. The leech comes back and says that she was treated unfairly after working for $23/hr for 9 years. And you want me to believe that the employer is the racist self-serving (B)witch? Sell it to your maggot friends

1423 days ago
485.

F. CASTRO    

IT IS WHAT IT IS!!!! MEG SCREWED HERSELF BIG TIME. NO MATTER WHAT U THINK ABOUT ILLEGALS. THE HISPANIC/LATINO VOTE IS A BIG PART OF CALIFORNIA.JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW GREEDY A BILLIONAIRE CAN BE, SHE HIRES A MEXICAN TO CLEAN HER ****. I GUESS THERE R NONE OF HER OWN KIND THAT NEEDED A JOB. PATHETIC!!! AND U PEOPLE CLAIM U WOULD DO THE DIRTY JOBS.BUT IF UR OWN KIND WON'T HIRE YOU THEN WHO WILL??? LAUGH MY MEXICAN ASS OFF!!

1423 days ago
486.

Rex    

Lets not forget Nicky is an illegal alien, who broke the law, committed identity theft by using someone else's SS# and lied to her employer about her status to get this job. Old Nicky isn't so helpless and innocent as she makes out to be.

1423 days ago
487.

JR    

Well that comment was just about retarded. 1st, Whitman didn't "hire" this chick. Whitman accepted the employ of who the agency sent her. 2nd, plenty of Americans DO work in the housekeeping industry for LESS money than this chick recieved. 3rd the implication is that someone would hire an illegal to save money. Since this woman was OVERPAID and took the neccessary illegal steps to convince her employer she was legal to work here. Reading comprehension: FAIL.

1423 days ago
488.

JR    

Am I missing something? She has come out and admitted to being here illegally, and working with falsified do***ents and a fake Social Security number. WHY is she not deported yet?

1423 days ago
489.

Carolyn jones    

The hypocrisy is what is so disgusting. Republicans rant and rave about the horror of illegal immigration and why Obama isn't doing anything about it. Then they are secretly hiring them right and left to mow their lawns, clean their houses, etc, etc, etc.

1422 days ago
490.

Timbruce    

Enter our country illegally. Steal a social security number illegally. Don't pay taxes illegally. Get assigne to a job through an agency that didn't check status. Now it's the customers fault???? Best ask for a Social and run a background check next time you buy a McMuffin or its on you!

1422 days ago
491.

Herman Avila     

I bet someone on the unemployment line would love to make $23.00 an hour right now, please sent NICKY back to mexico so she can make $1.00 an hour making taco's and for that whora allred you are Jerry Browns clown......

1422 days ago
492.

klynstra    

Note that the housekeeper's $23/hr pay is being reported as paid to Nicky. In fact, that is the amount paid to the agency through which she was hired. These agencies normally pay the workers about 0ne-half of what the agency is paid. Don't buy the spokesman's spin without fact-checking.

1422 days ago
493.

marc    

Allegedly the maid earned $23 an hour but she was unpaid for up to 15 hours a week which changes her hourly wage to about $12/hour. How many of you would clean clothes, watch kids, cook, clean toilets for $12 an hour?

1420 days ago
494.

Holly    

honestly i don't really know about this video if its staged or not..and yall right 23 an hour is pretty decent pay. but whitman is a dumb BI*** that do not make no fu*k!n sense about politics. her proposals say nothing but the same thing meg is the only candidate that "created thousands of jobs. Meg knows how to create jobs".."meg is the only candidate to balance budgets..meg knows how to balance budgets." like bitch let's be real say something different dumbass republican!! i swear

1418 days ago
495.

lala    

I'm sorry, but for those saying that 23$ is a lot, it really is not when rent is 1200 or more month and I imagine this lady not only feeds herself but her kids also.

1418 days ago
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