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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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106.

cheyenneZ    

Heads up to Hollywood, you better get rid of any illegal aliens you have in your employ, right now, or you may well be the next target of a shakedown or lawsuit by some disgrunted, ungrateful illegal alien who lied about their immigration status, and used stolen and fraudulent IDs and social security numbers, trying to cash in ala Allred/Santillan.

Start running those socials through E verify today.
Or else you could be NEXT!

Get the picture?

1462 days ago
107.

Lynn    

How many of you are victims of a lousy public school education? It's apparent when you use racial slurs.

1462 days ago
108.

Rich    

So Ms Santillan thinks she's been disrespected; how does it feel !
You snuck into OUR country disrespecting our laws and have probably taken advantage of everything we have to offer to people that come to our country legally. Now, you want to take advantage of our legal system which is no doubt a probono arrangement. Since you have probably been too lazy to learn much english, PROBONO means "done without compensation".
You complain that you were paid $23 per hour for house cleaning... that's a good wage for something that doesn't require any education.
You have had it good in our country...NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO BE DEPORTED BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY WHERE I'M SURE YOU WON'T BE MAKING $23 AN HOUR NOR WILL YOU HAVE ALL THE BENEFITS THAT YOU STOLE IN THE USA!

1462 days ago
109.

Jeb Bush 2012    

Meg will stop these so called "unemployment benefits" to the stupid lazy workers. Meg understands the little people, and they demand Tax Cuts for the Wealthy - NOW! Even if your homeless or unemployed, politely ask to borow a cell to make this important call now to your congressman to get the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy extended, Its That Important!

1462 days ago
110.

Kathy    

Deport her.

1462 days ago
111.

Ed    

Instead of filing lawsuits and holding press conferences, why isn't she being sent back to Mexico?

1462 days ago
112.

Jeb Bush 2012    

Al RIGHT Thinking, GOD Fearing Americans want to take back our WHITE House! It's time to support Meg and vote GOP! Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy. The GOP will impeach the kenyan HUSSIEN once they control congress. Obama should be dragged from the WHITE House in chains for his insolence and whipped by Whitman, Boehner, and McConnell! Then the Supreme Court can appoint Jeb Bush President (circa 2000) and Mary Cheney VP, where she will fight to keep the Gays out of the Military!

1462 days ago
113.

captbilly    

I think that you miss the point if you think that this is about an illegal alien being abused by Whitman. The point is that Whitman is talking about how employers need to be held accountable for the illegal aliens they hire but at the same time she employed an obviously illegal alien for many years, until she decided to run for office.

What becomes clear from Whitman's record is that she thought that with money alone she could rewrite history. She never gave a rats patooty about illegal aliens until she realized her illegal housekeeper was going to be troublesome to conservatives in California. She didn't even think it was important to vote until she decided to run for office. I also did some research into her tenure at Ebay and it became clear that while the company did do well in the early years, when it was small, during the years when the company got big and well established she did a terrible job. Ebay lost half of it's value during her last three years as CEO. She was allowed to leave in a way that made it seen that she wasn't fired but the reality was, she was fired because she was destroying the company. California is a well established "business" that works in a completely different way than ebay did in it's early years (when it was successful). I cannot see how her experience is successfully running a startup high tech company, but unsuccessful attempts to keep it successful, translates into the ability to run California, the fourth largest economy in the world.

1462 days ago
114.

tara    

The level of racism in these comments is deplorable!!!!

1462 days ago
115.

snoop    

To all of you wise@ss Idiots blogging about all this money the $23.00 per hour is failed to read that this Latino Lady was only getting paid for 15 hours per week and further more old rich MEG refused to pay her for any more hours than 15 per week... regardless of how many hours she was actually working...Rich Meg can spend 120 million on here campain running for office but the Pig doesn`t want to pay for the hours her nanny actually worked... You Whitman lovers need to read the facts before you spew lies like Faux News you far right don`t want hear the truth jack offs...

1462 days ago
116.

Phil    

Illegal Social Security Number, Illegal Status, 9 years of employment @ 23.00/hr. Charge Meg the 10,000 for hiring and illegal alien and charge Nikki for Social Security Fraud and deport. CASE CLOSED.

1462 days ago
117.

Steelerchick    

If it was such a nightmare for her to work there then why didn't she quit?? Nine years ago!!!

1462 days ago
118.

UnionDame    

So I re-read the article, and now I am more agitated with Gloria Allred and the agency that placed an undo***ented individual. Again, I say there are too many unanswered questions: did the agency receive the $23 per hour wage and then pay Ms. Diaz, thereby making Ms. Diaz an employee of the agency not Whitman; did Ms Diaz work directly for Ms. Whitman or was she a member of a staff that worked at the Whitman house; how many hours of pay does she claim she is owed and when did this shortage start, her last year of employment or her first years, and why did it take until now to file the claim; who is paying for this; etc. I used to have a lot of respect and admiration for Attorney Allred, but in recent months she appears to have turned into a media grabbing lawyer. If she can summon a client who can generate media exposure, whatever the cause, then she is ready. It is a sad statement for what use to be an honorable attorney.

1462 days ago
119.

Machelle    


Gloria, Gloria, Gloria.

You need an attorney to represent your
public image that has gone down the
toilet!

1462 days ago
120.

ARod    

Since when is $23.00 an hour cheap for a housekeeper?! This woman should be thankful she was making $23.00 an hour. Most housekeepers I know don't make that kind of money. In fact most have to work two to three jobs to make ends meet. I agree with Meg Whitman, this is politics at its worst!

1462 days ago
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