Dirty Laundry

In what appears to be a political hit job, Meg Whitman is under attack from a former home worker who is an illegal alien.

Lawyer Gloria Allred released a letter today that she claims proves California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman knowingly employed an undocumented immigrant as her housekeeper.

The letter was sent from the Social Security Administration to Whitman and her husband Griffith Harsh on April 22, 2003. It advises the couple that the Social Security number of their housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, did not match their files.

Whitman says she never saw such a letter, and that she terminated Diaz in 2009 as soon as she learned of her illegal status. Her husband, Griffin Harsh, says he may have seen the letter, and written a note on the back asking Diaz to look into her bad social security number.

"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 Nikki received her Social Security benefits and W-2 tax refund for withheld wages," Harsh said.

The maid is suing for exploitation and financial abuse, even though billionaire Whitman paid $23 an hour to employ Diaz.

"The essential fact remains the same," Harsh continued. "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."

It's worth keeping in mind that Diaz remains an illegal alien, so her vulnerability makes her ripe for exploitation. Diaz was hired through an agency.