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October 4, 2010

Meg Whitman Housekeeper Kerfuffle

Filed under: Five Days in October — Ken @ 6:18 pm

Meg Whitman speaking at Computer History MuseumCalifornia Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman finds herself defending against the strangest of all accusations, in my humble opinion. She is being sued by her former housekeeper because she says the billionaire knowingly employed her despite her status as an illegal alien.

The story appears to revolve around a letter that Meg Whitman got from the Social Security Administration back in 2003 (I can’t find a copy of the letter on-line, yet, but you can read most of the letter if you pause the video found here from KTLA), explaining that there was a “discrepancy” in the paperwork submitted on behalf od the employee, the housekeeper. The housekeeper’s attorney, Gloria Allred, skipping over the text of the letter, wants the press and the public to focus on a hand-written note at the bottom of the letter, that reads “Please check this, Nicky.” The handwriting appears to be that of Meg Whitman’s husband. Ms. Allred would have you believe that the fact that the note was written by her husband is somehow proof that Meg Whitman knew her employee was illegal, and any previous claims she made about being unaware were a lie, for which Meg Whitman must now apologize to the LA Times, the NY Times and the people of California.

Here’s a great interview by Greta Van Susteren on Fox News with Gloria Allred – Ms. Allred has no answer to Greta’s claim that Ms. Allred is putting her client in harm’s way by filing this lawsuit, pointing out her illegal status.

Ms. Whitman would prefer the press and the public to focus on a paragraph that reads:

“This letter does not imply that you or your employee intentionally provided incorrect information about this 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 laying off, suspending, firing, or discriminating against the individual. Any employer that uses information in this letter to justify taking adverse action against an employee may violate state or federal law and be subject to legal consequences. Moreover, this letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.”

Which clearly instructs the employer not to take any action based on the questions raised in this letter, in fact, doing so would be a violation of law.

Ms. Whitman hired the housekeeper in 2000, was sent the letter in 2003, and fired her in 2009, once the housekeeper let Ms. Whitman know she was an illegal alien, despite the numerous documents she was able to produce, including a valid California Driver’s License (issued before the state started checking immigration status) and an authentic Social Security card.

Personally, I’m at a loss as to how any of this does any good for the housekeeper – and if taken to it’s logical conclusion, this case sould be used as justification to refuse to hire any Latinos in the future, becasue this case, if successful, will establish that federal and state documents can’t be trusted, so why would an employer take the risk and hire any potentially illegal aliens, no matter what documentation they can provide…

Here is a link to the Meg Whitman-supplied documents – some immigration experts are trying to make a name for themselves by pointing out irregularities in the paperwork, you be the judge…

(Also: Did anyone else notice that Gloria Allred had a phone book on her seat to boost her up…)

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