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In Trouble Over Illegal Housekeeper, Meg Whitman Turns To Fox News

Reported by Guest Blogger - September 30, 2010 -

By Brian

On yesterday's Your World, Neil Cavuto hosted Meg Whitman to discuss the “smears” (his words) about her employment of an illegal immigrant as a maid and the allegations of being treated "like a piece of garbage" and not paid wages owed to her. The woman in question, Nicky Diaz, has come forward and said she was treated "like a piece of garbage." and not paid all wages owed. Cavuto made a show of asking a few tough questions but he pretty much allowed Whitman to tell her side of the story about the illegal hire without challenge and asked nothing about the alleged mistreatment or unpaid wages.

Whitman said, "It's simply a lie, and I feel terrible for Nicky. Nicky's a wonderful individual, she was an extended part of our family for 9 years, and something has happened. She is being manipulated. This is a political gimmick led by Gloria Allred who is famous for this kind of stuff. It's just politics as usual, and it's a real shame."

Cavuto asked, "She claims you knew pretty much from the outset she was an illegal alien. She was a housekeeper, nanny, whatever, to you for the better part of 9 years. Is it true during any of that time you suspected that she was not a legal citizen?"

"Absolutely not,” Whitman said. “We used an employment agency to find Nicky. She filled out a 1099, showed a California drivers license... We specified with the employment agent we wanted to make sure we had someone who was here legally… And no one was more surprised when she came to me in June 2009 and admitted that she was here illegally and had forged the documents."

"At that point you said, I’m sorry, I’m going to have to let you go?" Cavuto asked. He asked nothing about whether Whitman had withheld payroll taxes or paid Social Security for Diaz or what signs, beyond filling out the 1099 (which was more likely the W-9 form), Whitman had that Diaz was legit.

"Yeahhhhh,” Whitman said. “We said, ‘Gosh, Nicky, I'm terribly sorry, but we would be breaking the law if we kept you in our employment…’ She said, ‘I'm so sorry. I’m so sorry.’"



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