She says she was paid for 15 hours per week while working longer than those hours, was threatened with being fired when she became pregnant, and was finally fired when she asked Whitman for help in securing legal status for herself, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Accompanied by lawyer Gloria Allred, Santillan told reporters that Whitman's husband "yelled" at her after she opened up about her immigration status last year. The former housekeeper said Whitman consulted with a lawyer over the matter, and then told her, "From now on you don't know me, and I don't know you. You have never seen me, and I have never seen you. Do you understand me?" Whitman's former employee says the candidate knew of her immigration status and chose to look the other way. In her statement (PDF, courtesy of TMZ), Santillan said a letter arrived from the Social Security Administration in 2003 warning the Whitmans that Santillan may be working illegally because her Social Security number was a mismatch. The Whitmans, Santillan alleges, never followed up on the claim.
TPJ: This scandal couldn't have come at a worse time for Meg Whitman in her race for the governorship of California as she just yesterday spoke out for a crackdown on employers hiring illegal immigrants!! Corporations like Ebay, (the one Whitman founded and operated) whose managements are dominated usually by Corporatist Republicans have long taken advantage of cheap labor by illegal workers. Yet, at the same time demean them and will do everything to prevent them citizenship. So, they can keep benefiting from the labor without having to pay them well because if they were given citizenship then they'd have to pay them a fair, living wage.
The other side of this coin are the Tea Party types who are vehemently anti-immigrant and in the middle of purging the Republican Party of politicians like Whitman who straddle the line and play both sides of the fence. The Tea Party conservatives aren't going to like this one bit. Unfortunately, however, the real losers are the illegal workers who are stuck in limbo because of people like Whitman who gladly take advantage of their hard work but don't do anything to help these immigrants decide their status in America once and for all. That's the worst kind of politician; one who won't stand up for either position but who takes advantage of both sides by pitting them against each other. The Tea Party claims they are tired of faux conservatives; well, then how can you support Whitman?
I hope there aren't any Latinos voting for Whitman because she really doesn't seem to have your best interests at heart. I'd say a large chunk of the Republican party has shown over and over that they not only despise illegal immigrants but see the Latino culture as inferior and treat them like animals. It's sick, un-American and must stop, which is why the Liberals and Democrats are trying to get comprehensive immigration reform done, which is a compromise to do what's best for ALL people living here in America.
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