In the midst of a heated governor's race, a high-profile Los Angeles attorney is calling a news conference today with a woman she described as Meg Whitman's housekeeper of nine years to describe her treatment inside the former eBay CEO's home.
But the Whitman campaign says the woman was fired nine years after she started working for Whitman because she revealed that she was an illegal immigrant.
Gloria Allred's firm declined to release any documents before the 11 a.m. news conference.
However, Allred's statement said the woman will tell "how she suffered as a longtime Latina household employee in Meg Whitman's home and why she is filing a claim against Ms. Whitman.''
Whitman, a Republican, is vying for the governor's seat against Democrat Jerry Brown.
Allred's brief statement said no interviews will be given by the housekeeper before the news conference.
The Whitman campaign held a 10:30 a.m. teleconference with reporters at which a lawyer and top adviser to the campaign said they had tentatively identified the woman as an illegal immigrant who had worked for Whitman and her husband for nine years, beginning in 2000.
Attorney Tom Hiltachk said that the woman was hired in November 2000 and had filled out standard employment forms, which included Social Security and driver's license numbers. In June of 2009, however, she told Whitman she was not a legal resident and was immediately fired, Hiltachk said.
The campaign will release "the supporting documents" this morning, Hiltachk said.
"What's a California governor's race without Gloria Allred inserting herself," said campaign senior adviser Rob Stutzman.
He said he found it "really curious" that the news conference was being held the day after Whitman performed well in a debate with opponent Jerry Brown, who Stutzman said is a "personal friend" of Allred and a campaign donor.
"The timing is curious," he said. "This is the post-debate smoke bomb."
Source : mercurynews