Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, is in a whole heap of trouble. Currently running on the Republican ticket for governor, her former Mexican housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan, an illegal immigrant, has stepped forward with tales of hard work, long hours, and non-payment.
And she’s not the only one. Now, the nanny is coming to the housekeepers defense, claiming the exact same harsh treatment. “I know the family. I know what it was like,” Jill Armstrong, a US citizen, told The Chronicle.
Jill worked for the Whitman family in 1988. She quit after just two months, finding the job far too demanding. “I had enough,” she said in an interview. Her issues were trouble getting paid, dealing with household chores, and handling Meg’s two sons.
Tucker Bounds, spokesman for Meg, called Jill’s complaints “the unsubstantiated claims of a lone employee who worked in the Whitman household for just a few weeks 12 years ago.”
But it’s not fame she’s after, claims Jill. “We’re raising their kids, and we deserve respect.”