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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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Hahahaha- Daniel has a little chip on his shoulder - and likes to pull the race card.

1482 days ago

dick kruger    

$23/hr!!!!!! This proves that she is a poor businesswomen and unfit to become the guv of Mexico del Norte. I could have hired four of them for that hourly wage.

1482 days ago


Let's see at $ 23.00 per hour 7 days per week , That's over $66,000 per year!! Now she's looking for more with Gloria Alred!! Ok so deport her back to Mexico, and she can see if she can make $ 66 grand a year in her home country. What a Dummy! If I were on that jury, Ms Witman would be found not guilty!

1482 days ago

Manual Labor    

Meg Whitman fired an undo***ented worker. What is it Gloria Allreds wants Meg to do?

1482 days ago


Well, I'm not going to claim to know if Meg Whitman is lying or not, but for $23/hr I'll go be her housekeeper! My Bachelor's degree can only get me a starting wage of about $30,000/yr which is no where near what her undo***ented worker was making. Lucky!

1482 days ago


I am a latino, and that latina is a garbage. Send her to Mexico she received a good paid for 9 years and nowshe is biting the hand of somebody who help her That is why , in this country do not like us.For this kind of Latinos

1482 days ago


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

That's about the only statement in all of this that makes Whitman look bad; it's kinda hypocritical. The housekeeper got a great wage for 9 years as an illegal, and then got fired, as has happened to many of us. It's hard to feel sorry for her.

And I say that as a dem who would like to see some real dirt on Whitman, but this isn't it. This is Gloria Allred at her finest.

1482 days ago


It doesn't matter how much she was paying her. If she knowingly employed an illegal immigrant then she is a hypocrite and a liar.

1482 days ago


Whats good for the goose is good for the gander, Meg!!
Glad you can admit the error of your ways in a public debate!
enjoy the ride!

1482 days ago


I wish i made $23/hour

1482 days ago


Democrat loses debate = QUICK, PLAY THE RACE CARD!!!!

1482 days ago

Willy J    

Across the board Republicans care less about America. They care only about themselves and the bottom line in accounting. Thats fine but at the expense of the middle class, or what is left of the middle class and all for the benefit of Wall Street banking profits.

1482 days ago


Gosh I wish I made $23 an hour.

1482 days ago


Maybe the agency that sends out illegal workers needs to be investigated?

1482 days ago


Again, we need to follow the money. Who is paying for this "expose" and why now? Very suspicious! Regardless of your political beliefs it is nauseating dealing with type of political blackmail. If Ms. Diaz was hired by the Whitman household via an agency, where is the agency? There are too many unanswered questions to begin to give this matter any credence.

1482 days ago
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