The House keeper argues that Whitman knew all about her status years ago.
Nicky Diaz Santillan has claimed that Whitman knew she was an illegal immigrant during the nine years she worked for the former eBay CEO.
The Social Security Administration supposedly sent Whitman a letter questioning Santillan's Social Security number, but Whitman says neither she nor her husband received a letter.
The letter has handwriting on it from Whitman's husband, showing that he read the letter and gave it to "Nicky" the housekeeper.
Now all the letter required was that they verify the information, not take any action.
"This letter does not imply that you or your employee intentionally provided incorrect information about the employee's name or SSN. It is not a basis, in and of itself, for you to take any adverse action against the employee, such as layoff off, suspending, firing or discriminating against the individual. Any employer that uses the information in this letter to justify taking action against an employee may violate state or federal law and be subject to legal consequences."
The issue isn't that they didn't take action when they received the letter, it's that they are completely denying they received it when it's clear they did.
Whitman has even gone so far as to accuse Nicky of stealing the letter, when it's clear her husband gave it too her - in order to finish filling it out and send it back.
Diaz said she worked as an undocumented worker for Whitman from 2000 to 2009 and was not paid for all the hours she put in. She also alleges Whitman knew her immigration status, but kept her on staff anyway.
"Throughout her employment with Ms. Whitman, Nicky was undocumented. And she alleges Ms. Whitman was aware of her status," Allred said Wednesday.
Diaz claims Whitman fired her last year for political reasons after she decided to run for governor. Whitman fired Diaz two months after she announced her campaign for governor.
"In short, it was a nightmare, and the way that Nicky was treated by her employer, Ms. Whitman, caused Nicky to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated, and emotionally and financially abused," Allred said during a news conference.
Whitman used her, then threw her away when she decided she needed to look "presentable" and run for Governor.
If the U.S. didn't allow a mere 60,000 H2B Visas per year for non-technical blue color "seasonal" workers to enter the country legally, so many people who wish to come here and get a job wouldn't have to Run for the Border. Nicky could have entered legally and after working here for 9 years, could have either had her green card or been naturalized - but then she would also have Rights and Whitman couldn't keep her under her thumb.
More on this from Lawrence.
This is the true face of illegal immigration, someone who yes did defy (a grossly unfair and biased) law to have an opportunity at a better life - then worked themselves down to the bone in constant fear of being discovered, unable to complain about poor pay, poor conditions or long hours. Everything the Stephen Colbert described this week to the House Committee - is in fact true.
Like the Story of one worker who collapsed after working for hours in 105 degree heat, and instead of being taken to the Hospital his employer had his son drive him home where he died of heatstroke.
But you'll never see big monied selfish officious jack-holes like Whitman ever admit their part in this process.