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Meg Whitman knowingly employed illegal immigrant as maid, Gloria Allred charges

A former housekeeper for Meg Whitman claims the Republican governor candidate knew she was an illegal immigrant but continued to employ her, according to her attorney Gloria Allred.

Allred said Whitman caused the worker to  "feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated, and emotionally and financially abused." The worker alleges Whitman knew she was here illegally but did not act on it until she decided to run for governor last year.

Whitman attorney Tom Hiltachk told reporters Wednesday:  "This person was initially hired by Meg Whitman in November 2000. She filled out standard [Internal Revenue Service] forms and Department of Justice forms and presented her Social Security card and California driver's license. She filled out immigration forms that stated under penalty of perjury that she was a lawful resident."

Read full coverage on the Whitman immigration story throughout the day at PolitiCal, The Times' California politics blog.

Photo: Nicky Diaz Santillan, a former housekeeper for Meg Whitman, breakdown during a press conference at attorney Gloria Allred's office Wednesday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times


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Gloria Allred knows perfectly well that this woman lied to the Employment Agency before she was recommended to Whitman in 2000, and committed Fraud by lying that she was legal. Whitman HAS THE AGENCY DOCUMENTS that accompanied her in 2000.

Gloria Allred is the liar in this case. Lying for pure political purposes. Anybody checked to see whether SHE is legal? That last name sounds fishy.

Do any of you posters understand the facts in this case or do you simply choose to ignore them for your political purposes? This illegal immigrant lied to the employment agency, lied under penalty of perjury on the federal forms Whitman had her fill out, claiming to be a legal resident, and now 9 years later claims to being humiliated for being paid only $23.00 dollars an hour in 2000! When the illegal immigrant informed Whitman of her true illegal status she was promptly fired, as she should have been. Gloria Allred is a paid mouthpiece of the left. Anyone remember the outrageous claims she made on behalf of a "client" against Schwartzenegger during that election, said claims ultimately found to be without a basis in fact and abandoned. Gloria, you're a piece of work.

This woman used her sister's legal driver's license and SS#, and it's clear from the woman's own interview, that she misled Meg Whitman into believing that she was legal. Woe to all of us who believe we are hiring legal workers and filing 1099's. My insurance company would drop me in a heartbeat if they discovered (when and if I ever do) if any of my "legal" workers are in fact using fraudulent legal papers, and then I wouldn't have a business anymore.

The woman admits that Meg Whitman tried to help by talking with her personal lawyer to see how she could help. Whitman tried to do a good thing. Probably one better might have been to give her the name of a good immigration attorney. Attaining legal status is a long, convoluted process that costs money and time.

If the woman lied about her identity and legal status, what else is she lying about???! In Meg's shoes, I probably would have done the same thing. I do my own housekeeping because every time we've hired a housekeeper, no matter how good (and legal) she is, she eventually gets a boyfriend who somehow acquires a key to our home and comes in the door when he thinks we're not home. This has happened 3X. So my husband said never again.

If anything, Meg comes out of this to advantage. When I hire workers, I'm going to wonder if even the ones who appear legal are in fact so.

I bet Allred has employed illegal alien housekeepers herself in the past the hypocrite.

ARREST WHITMAN! She was informed the Social Security was not valid of her employee and hired her for 6 more years!


Linda Dusky wrote: "I wasn't going to vote for Meg, but this has changed my mind!"

Well, Linda, it's good to know that you don't bother making up your mind whom to vote for on the issues, because I'll know not to put any credibility into anything else you think.

Lol, give me a break. Boo-hoo poor me, oops is there an election soon? I say deport her and Gloria too.

How cynical and bone-headed is an obvious political move like this? And what's the point? Hispanics, as a block,
don't vote for Republicans, anyway. Hopefully, all this will do is make Meg look like the victim of a desperate Democratic party and its manipulated media partners, and
it just may backfire and engender some sympathy AND VOTES
for Ms. Whitman. So sorry, senora, I'm not buying it!

California is the laughing stock of the country. What happened to common sense? What a bunch of pansies waiting to be stomped on by the leeches of society. This is what happens when people refuse to grow up. Now you have a bunch of brain dead senior citizen hippies destroying paradise. All the talk in the 60's about freedom and let it be and all they've done is make it their business to take every right they can from independent responsible 'grown-up' people. The libs are all for illegal immigrants til a republican hires one. Its unbelievable. Thank God I get to watch this amusing behaviour from the other side of the country.

Meg Whitman is an implacable enemy of Cannabis Freedom, and she continues to ignorantly assert that "Marijuana is a gateway drug" when science already proved that it is nothing of the kind. I fully believe the housekeeper's story as it represents and portrays Meg Whitman as she really is, cruel, calculating and ignorant. CA polls show that the Democratic candidate Jerry Brown is 9 points ahead! Please, CA, if you value your Civil Liberties, do not elect Meg Whitman as your next Governor!

People that hire illegals should face harsher penalties than the people that come here illegally and the people that smuggle them. Then you do not need to build worthless, environmentally destructive walls. Greed and hypocrisy rule.

She's toast, its all over the news here.

has obama provided the proper irs documents to us us citizens certifying that the 50 million illegals in the us right now are here legally? let's sue the jew s government!

Arrest the "illegal" worker and deport her. Meg did nothing wrong.

She already provided the documents to prove the illegal person lied on her application. Don't be naive and believe everything you read.

Does it matter if Allred is friends with Brown or whether Allred is taking advantage - i believe the fact of the matter is that Whitman knowingly hired and continued to employ an illegal immigrant - the same type of employers she was campaigning to hold accountable in the debate yesterday...hypocrite, liar, opportunist - she has spent 115 million, just imagine how much she stands to gain.

Gloria Allred has become the spokes hole for all the indigent, illegal and ignorant in California.
This housekeeper is illegal for good sake.
She needs to be deported not rewarded.
If this person received a Form 1099 yearly as an outside contractor she would have paid her own taxes which she probably did not do.
How do these illegals know how to steal social security numbers and fake identification? Then they pass it on to all their friends and relatives.
I understand that this woman used the identification number of a relative.
Deport, deport, deport.

Meg will outsource state jobs to Texas and Arizona. Thus less money from state taxes since they will pay taxes only in Texas or Arizona or whatever out of state.

Meg, Meg, Meg, where do I start, you have reportedly spent $119 million of your own money to get elected Governor but you personally went out, interviewed and hire yourself a 15 hour a week maid/ housekeeper instead of hiring a service like Maid Brigade, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, talk about being a cheap bastard. But it does not stop there, after she worked for you for nine years you would not help her in getting legalized? Wow, what a WITCH, of course I meant it with a “B”.

But your comments on holding employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers real takes the cake, I assume you exempt yourself and your husband, or will you be turning yourself in.

Meg on holding employers accountable:

Meg you think you can buy the election, but what puzzles many is if you real cared and loved California then why not do your civic duty and vote, seems more rhetoric than anything else. In good times we might give you a try but not in our disaster mode that we find ourselves in after that so-called outsider Independent Republican, named Arnold Schwarzenegger (sold to us by radio personalities John and Ken), ruined our state, yah we will trust another one of you liars, think not. You can’t buy everything! What a waste of money!

And her lawyer is Gloria Allred? I smell a rat.

I'm going to be straight forward here, I'm a Meg Whitman supporter so when I heard about this I automatically thought wow this is a huge set back to the campaign. That is until I received an email from the Whitman campaign providing actual documents (Working visa, I.D, Social Security) that were giving to her by the maid. Meg Whitman has proof here that she was lied to by the maid, and also good for Meg on letting her go after finding out she was an Illegal immigrant. I'm waiting on Gloria Allred's "Nugget" that she has on the side to prove Meg is lying, if anything this should help Meg and backfire on the Democrats mostly Jerry Brown. This should also be another sign that Illegals immigrants have easy access to other people's social security and identity.

Dear Nicky Diaz Santillan, the honorable Misses Meg Whitman paid you about $30 per hour for housekeeping for 9 years?
Do you know most Spanish immigrants that are not as canny as you (working with someone else’s papers, etc.) come to this Country legally and make 8 to 10 dollars per hour?
She treated you very wel. I understand you and your husband, each has a late mode to of the line SUV. Now are “acting” and stabbing her in the back probably because the Libs, Dems, and Lefties are paying you a lot more right?
Where is the rule of law? Shouldn’t Misses Nicky Diaz Santillan be investigated and processes because she lied and broke the law?
That is exactly what is wrong with the left. They are against the rule of law and that is why we need to vote them out of government!!

The best way to stop illegals from coming is remove the incentive, meaning stop hiring them...

Gloria Allred is SCUM. This is so transparent.
This happened over a year ago. Wonder why it's coming up now.
No credibility, Gloria.

This headline is more like a Gloria Allred's propaganda department.

The family hired a housekeeper through an agency. The worker lied through her teeth about who she really is. Broken multiple laws and she now wants sympathy from the public ?

ILLEGAL WORKERS ALERT! Thanks to Gloria Allred, now all of you can lose your jobs, because no sane family will ever want to hire undocumented worker again.

Because according to Allred, if a family failed to provide financial as well as legal support to make the undocumented worker a legal resident. They can face lawsuits.

This good for Jerry Brown and Gloria Allred and bad bad news for illegal workers.

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