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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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76.

dan    

wow where do i start? allred is disgusting. the maid is filing a complaint with the labor dept and she is an illegal? the first thing they should do is throw her out of this country. imagine the gall? its like the robber who sued the store b/c he fell and hurt his leg. what is this country coming to? also at $23 an hour she is being treated like garbage? do you even think she paid any taxes? $23/hour and not paying taxes is equivalent to getting paid $45/hour and getting taxed.

1421 days ago
77.

Susie    

Gloria is aiding and abetting an illegal, who has admitted being here illegally for 9 years. Soaking up a job for 23.00 dollars an hour which MOST in the USA Wish and pray they could make. And use their own car, and work 2 hours over a day. Hell for 23.00 an hour put me on Salary!!!

There is not a jury in this country who will find for NICKI Ms. Alred and you obviously do not keep up with the news. We the US Citizens want illegals and immigrants out of this country NOW, and are ready to go to a Civil War to make it happen because our politicians are not making it happen.
We are not supporting them any longer.

Nicki is here illegally, and I for one will file a complaint against her daily with INS until she is deported. I would suggest the rest of you reading here do the same. INS will accept a complaint each day that she is not deported.

Also Gloria you just lost all respect "anyone" had for you. I did have a bit left until now. And I have known you personally for over 12 years now. Your office staff dont even make 23.00 dollars an hour and they are well trained legal citizens you hypocrite.

1421 days ago
78.

MT    

It is a felony to lie on an I-9 form. The maid clearly attest that she is a legal resident on the I-9 form. Whitman has no liability since she was through an employment agency. The maid should be deported and/or sent to jail for falsifying informaiton on the I-9 form. INS should go pick up the maid now, but this country is too screwed up. Ask anyone in Mexico if they would like to make $23/hr working in air conditioning, eating well, not getting beaten, etc and see what they say. Whitman probably saw the lady in the morning when she got her cup of coffee, and then again in the evening after 6 when she got home. Probably said hello and was polite.

1421 days ago
79.

bjwheeler    

Why should she have asked her if she was in the country legally? Because of the color of her skin or because of her accent? Didn't the country just get in an uproar because police were thinking of asking that question in the neighboring state? Republicans in Arizona are being bashed for wanting to ask about immigration status, and Republicans in California are being bashed for not asking about it. Give me a break.

1421 days ago
80.

Illegals rule Cali    

Why dosn't the illegal get in trouble for providing her with a false SS#? That should be a felony using someone elses or giving false info to a potential employer. Attorney's that take cases like this are the armpit of the industry.

1421 days ago
81.

dfdfd    

You guys are missing the point. Yes, TMZ is a shameful political arm of the DNC disguised as a "gossip" rage, but as today's articles clearly reveal, they are most certainly a mouthpiece for the radical left. I say, let Whitman and Fiorina lose. It serves the morons of California right. That would further illustrate just how idiotically stupid they are by continuing to cut off their nose to spite their face. They would deserve to have their new liberal leaders continuing to spend them into oblivion and to kill every job they have. They would deserve to lose their jobs and to be thrown out of their homes. I say good!!! Let them continue to destroy themselves for being ignorant, lazy, koolaid drinking sheep of the destructive left. It would be their bed that they made so let them sleep in it. Good riddance California!!!

1421 days ago
82.

sharon    

$23/hr is cheap ??????????? In that case, i better tell those housekeepers in NY they need to go work out there because they get between 10-12/hr if they lucky and they are legal. Whoever advised this housekeeper to do this, is not her friend.

1421 days ago
83.

bdusek    

Wouldn't it have been racial profiling to ask if she was in the country illegally?

1421 days ago
84.

Disgusted    

Hey J you wrote:
She only got paid for 15 hours of work so all you complaining she made $23 a hour. She didn't get paid for all the hours she worked and most of you wouldn't do the labor it requires to be a housekeeper. Additionally, she was willing to work for her money rather than live off the government and be on welfare. Immigrants are willing to jobs most American's won't do.

WHY DON'T YOU PAY HER TAXES SINCE YOU THINK SHE SHOULDN'T. IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE RUINING THIS COUNTRY!!

1421 days ago
85.

Disgusted    

Hey J you wrote:
She only got paid for 15 hours of work so all you complaining she made $23 a hour. She didn't get paid for all the hours she worked and most of you wouldn't do the labor it requires to be a housekeeper. Additionally, she was willing to work for her money rather than live off the government and be on welfare. Immigrants are willing to jobs most American's won't do.

I THINK YOU ARE PROBABLY AN ILLEGAL AND IF NOT WHY DON'T YOU PAY THE TAXES FOR THOSE WHO DON'T!!

1421 days ago
86.

Daniel    

NEWSFLASH, WEALTHY RACIST DECIDES TO BUY GOVERNOR'S JOB FOR TROPHY. WEALTHY RACIST GETS CAUGHT HIRING ILLEGAL ALIEN. WEALTHY RACIST PLEADS IGNORANCE. WEALTHY RACIST NOT SMART ENOUGH TO BE GOVERNOR. Has Jerry Brown ever hired illegal aliens? NO.
Has Jerry Brown ever shipped jobs to China? NO. Vote for Jerry Brown.

1421 days ago
87.

Reasonable Guy    

Immigrants come to the U.S. to work. For $$$. People hire them. This woman was paid well. A reasonable employer would have known she was not legally able to work in the U.S. But, Meg employed her anyway.

Nothing wrong with any of that --- until Meg comes out anti-immigrant labor and says employers of illegals should be punished.

Now she is trapped by her own words. Another Republican hypocrite.

1421 days ago
88.

Flower    

Last night during the debate she said something about PROSCECUTING EMPLOYERS!!!! who did the EXACT SAME THING!! Would she be able to run as an EX FELON?

Posted at 12:00 PM on Sep 29, 2010 by Heidi

SHE was not the employer...the agency was the employer. The maid was an agent of the employer. SOOOO...if anyone should be prosecuted, it would be the agency. Oh, and then the maid, herself, considering she is here illegally and has committed identity theft by stealing a drivers license and soc. sec. number.

1421 days ago
89.

informativez    

All the politicians are hypocrites the Republicans are just the worst of them.

1421 days ago
90.

glasslady    

$23.00 dollars and she's crying?...Good God deport that idiot!...As for Gloria Allard, she's a 2 bit media whore..Who's probably playing hide the cigar with Jerry Brown...sick!

1421 days ago
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