SEIU had a commercial online minutes after Attorney Gloria Allred admitted that her client, Nicky Diaz, was an illegal and worked using another citizens Social Security Number.
Gloria Allred held a news conferance streamed on-line. She stated she was providing reporters with a letter from the Social Security Office that stated that Diaz had provided the wrong SSN on her forms. What one wonders is how Allred got a hold of this document that she says proves Whitman knew of Diaz undocumented status?
I have a guess. Diaz who had as one of her responsibilities at the Whitman home was to get the mail each day, confiscated the letters and then added a few words that would implicate the Whitmans on knowingly hiring an undocumented worker. So Allreds “proof” to me, seems like no proof at all.
What does Allred want? For Whitman to apologize? Doubt it.
Looks to me like a last minute frontal attack. All the members were in place.
I am wondering, since Allred admitted that this woman is illegal , used fake identification to secure employment in the United States, when she will be turning her client over to the authorities for processing?
The California arm of the Service Employees International Union today released a new television ad that targets Whitman for her alleged hypocrisy on the issue of hiring undocumented workers. The new ad will begin airing on October 2 on Spanish language stations in Fresno and Los Angeles, and it is part of the first wave of a $5 million campaign from the SEIU to drive Latinos to the polls. “We are launching the largest Latino Independent Expenditure campaign in history because the Latino community’s voice must be heard,” SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said in a statement. “We won’t leave it to Meg Whitman to define our issues with lies and
Whitman’s statement, released during the Allred press conference, says in full:
Nicky Diaz was my housekeeper from 2000 to 2009. We consider Nicky a friend of our family and were saddened this morning to hear about her legal action.
After 9 years of faithful service, Nicky came to us in June 2009 and confessed that she was an illegal worker. Nicky had falsified the hiring documents and personal information she provided to the employment agency that brought her to us in 2000. Nicky told me that she was admitting her deception now because she was aware that her lie might come out during the campaign. Nicky said she was concerned about hurting my family and me.
As required by law, once we learned she was an illegal worker, I immediately terminated Nicky’s employment. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I considered Nicky a friend and a part of our extended family.
I am deeply worried about Nicky and her family. I believe Nicky is being manipulated by Gloria Allred for political and financial purposes during the last few weeks of a hotly contested election. This is a shameful example of the politics of personal destruction practiced by people like Jerry Brown and Gloria Allred. The charges are without merit. I will continue to focus my campaign on the issues that the people of California want to hear about: jobs, education and fixing our broken budget system in Sacramento.
Whitman’s statement also came with a timeline of events put together by her campaign:
As early as 1999, Meg Whitman and Griff Harsh retained a placement agency in California to assist them in finding a qualified applicant for in-home domestic services.
In May, 2000, Nicandra Diaz-Santillan filled out a standard application provided by the agency. She provided the agency with a social security number and California driver’s license number as well as filling out a standard employment application including references of prior employers over a lengthy period of time.
In November 2000, Nicandra Diaz-Santillan was hired by Meg Whitman. At the time she was hired, she filled out a standard IRS form W-4 and U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service form I-9. Ms. Diaz provided a copy of her Social Security Card and her California Driver’s License. Ms. Diaz signed the I-9 stating under penalty of perjury that she was a lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
During her employment, Meg Whitman paid state and federal income tax and provided Ms. Diaz with a standard IRS form W-2.
On or about, June 20, 2009, Ms. Diaz came to Meg Whitman and Dr. Harsh and confessed that she was not a legal resident and that she had used her sister’s documents to gain employment. Diaz was immediately suspended.
On or about Monday, June 29, 2009, Meg Whitman informed Ms. Diaz that her employment was terminated.
There has been no further contact between Ms. Diaz and Meg Whitman since her termination.
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Whitmans’ Husband, Dr. Griff Harsh wrote the following statement:
“While I honestly do not recall receiving this letter, as it was sent to me seven years ago, I can say it is possible that I would’ve scratched a follow up note on a letter like this, which is a request for information to make certain Nicky received her Social Security benefits and W-2 tax refund for withheld wages. Since we believed her to be legal, I would have had no reason to suspect that she would not have filled it in and done what was needed to secure her benefits.
“It is important to note what this letter actually says: ‘this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.’
“The essential fact remains the same, neither Meg nor I believed there was a problem with Nicky’s legal status and I certainly don’t recall ever discussing it with my wife, nor did I ever show her any letter about it. The facts of this matter are very clear: Ms. Diaz broke the law and lied to us and to the employment agency. When she confessed her deception to us last year, we ended her employment immediately. Meg and I played by the rules and followed the law. Ms. Diaz did not. If, as she claims, she received this letter and note of inquiry from me, she never answered my request to look into this. Instead, she choose to continue her deception. This entire matter is a sad one and it’s timing is clearly the result of a calculated and cynical political smear by Meg’s opponents.”