Meg Whitman’s Former Illegal Maid Claims Emotional Abuse
September 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive, now locked in a hotly contested California gubernatorial race with Jerry Brown, has an illegal maid problem. The Republican candidate, who has already spent $119 million of her own money in the campaign, employed a domestic worker for nine-years, until she was dismissed last June, after admitting she was an undocumented immigrant. The maid, Nicky Diaz, has since hired celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. And the pair held a news conference this afternoon alleging Whitman emotionally and financially abused Diaz, during the time she worked for the Whitman family. Whitman, who has taken a tough stance on illegal immigration, during the campaign, issued a statement denying the claims of abuse made by her former maid, dismissing the charges as the “politics of personal destruction.”
Nicky Diaz, said during today’s news conference that she was disappointed when Whitman fired her, after admitting her undocumented status and asking for help in becoming a legal citizen.
Talking Points Memo reports:
“We have no jobs, no food, no place to live, and for that reason we made a decision to come here,” the housekeeper said she told Whitman. “I told her that I don’t have papers to work here, and we need her help.”
“Allred said her client wanted to make Whitman’s “cold and heartless treatment” of her housekeeper know, and said Whitman was guilty of hypocrisy. Whitman’s firing of Diaz, Allred charged, was for to political purposes.”
Whitman responded that the news conference was a “shameful example of the politics of personal destruction,” adding she believed Allred was taking advantage of Diaz.
Whitman’ spokesperson Andrea Jones Rivera issued 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,” Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said in a statement. “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.”
Whitman later issued a more detailed statement denying the allegations made by Diaz and Allred. Whitman also provided the gossip website TMZ with copies of fake documentation, the gubernatorial candidate said was given to her by Diaz, falsely claiming she was in the country legally.
But Diaz alleges that Whitman had reason to know she was not a legal immigrant, as early as 2003, after the Social Security administration flagged the social security number as not belonging to Diaz.
This incident raises a number of larger questions regarding Whitman’s harsh anti-immigration policies.
On Whitman’s campaign website, the following quote on immigration is prominently displayed:
“We need to build an “Economic Fence” with a strong e-verification system that holds employers accountable for following the law. We are never going to solve the problem of illegal immigration, as long as there is a strong demand for cheap undocumented labor,” writes Whitman.
Whitman is proposing to levy fines and issue business license suspensions to employers caught employing undocumented workers. She further proposes prohibiting undocumented students from attending college, obtaining a driver’s license and banning all bilingual education in her state.
Whitman was previously accused of physically abusing a former eBay employee. The matter was privately settled after eBay paid the employee a six-figure settlement.