LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Meg Whitman’s former housekeeper claims she was “emotionally and financially abused” during her nine years of employment, attorney Gloria Allred alleged Tuesday, adding that the Republican gubernatorial candidate knew the woman was an illegal immigrant.

“In short, it was a nightmare,” Allred said.

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Allred said that during Nicky Diaz Santillan’s nine years of employment, Whitman caused her “to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.”

“The relationship was terminated last year by Ms. Whitman for what appeared to be political reasons involving Ms. Whitman’s decision to run for governor,” Allred said.

Allred contended that Whitman knew her client was an illegal immigrant, but kept her employed until she decided to run for governor.

Tom Hiltachk, Whitman’s attorney, denied the allegation.

“This person was initially hired by Meg Whitman in November 2000,” Hiltachk said in remarks reported on the Los Angeles Times Web site. “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.”

Hiltachk said the woman admitted in June 2009 that she was not a legal resident.

“She was immediately suspended and terminated on June 29, 2009,” he said.

Whitman’s spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera released the following statement:

“With the polls tied, it comes as no surprise that the morning after a successful debate for Meg that the sleaze machine of the political left is now focused on the politics of personal destruction. Gloria Allred is a shameful manipulator and the timing of today’s news conference so close to the election should serve as a warning to Californians that they are witnessing dirty political smears at their worst.”

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Comments (101)
  1. Larry Johnson says:

    This ILLEGAL submitted all the paperwork, was paid $23/Hr ($4,000/Month), for NINE YEARS, and she was abused? Give me a break. As soon as you see Allred is involved, you know it’s BROWN, as in BS! I’m not a big Witman fan, but she’s better than Brown who knows nothing but living off his dad’s name and the public trough. My God People, wake up will you?

  2. John says:

    She was illegal. She shouldn’t have been here,what penalty is she getting now
    for breaking the low??
    $23.0 per hour… more that a college graduated and complaining ??
    Makes a lot of people sick…..
    As for Gloria Allred-dirty tricks -just to support Brown……..
    Now I decided where my vote will go…

  3. april says:

    Who hires illegal immigrants to clean their house and watch their brats day? RICH PEOPLE! People that go to work everyday struggle to make ends pay for childcare outside their home cannot afford hired help. MEG AND ALL THE REST KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE PAYING FOR. 9 YEARS AND NOW YOU FIND OUT SHE IS ILLEGAL. give me a break. Over worker and underpaid why come here and work for a rich woman. Should have stayed in ur country and I gurantee her ass would not have retained a lawyer to complain of the mistreatment she endured. Only in America can an ilegal alien get free money foodstamps medical and jobs. Schools are overcrowded. If you are illegal your child should never obtain US citizen status if born here. Deport the mother back home and let her country contend with their citizen not our taxpayers. This country is ass backwards.

  4. TruthSeeker says:

    Dave: GREAT question to Alred! “If Jerry Brown had hired an illegal would we be here?” And Gloria was dumbstruck. It is embarrassing that reporters are chasing this story. If the woman was so abused and mistreated (MAKING $23 an hour, mind you!) why did she stay for NINE YEARS! C’mon. How stupid do people think we are? Gloria is getting dumber every year. Timing is everything, dear. Sheesh.

  5. TruthSeeker says:

    My friend, the CPA says that Social Security sends letters all the time to employers telling them that people’s Social Security info doesn’t match. Sometimes, it’s because the person forgot their middle name on the 1099 form. Other times, it’s more sinister and they are using an illegal card. BUT THE LETTER ALWAYS says, this letter does not determine the legal status of the above named person. It merely points out an error. If the Whitmans didn’t follow up (maybe they called the agency who assured them that she was legal and they would take care of it) well, then they are guilty of being dumb. When they let her go because she was illegal, they were being honest. Since when is that a crime? Would any of you know how to help an illegal alien become legal? I doubt it! WAIT UNTIL THE REAL FACTS COME OUT. It will all blow over. DUMB STUPID IDIOTIC. Does Alred get to accuse people of crimes with impunity? Sumpin’ wrong with that!

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