Former Meg Whitman nanny says she believes Nicky Diaz Santillan’s story
Jill Armstrong, a former nanny who was employed by California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman more than a decade ago, says she believes former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan who claims the ex-eBay CEO treated her badly and kept her employed for nine years despite her undocumented status.
“I totally believe [Santillan],” said Armstrong. “I know the family. I know what it was like.”
In a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred, Santillan alleged Whitman made her work long hours with little pay. She also argued that Whitman knew she was in the country illegally, and only fired her because she decided to run for governor.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Armstrong only worked for Whitman and her husband, Griff Harsh for about two months in the summer of 1998. “I had enough,” she said in an interview, saying she had trouble getting paid what she believed she earned and that there were challenges regarding supervision of the couple’s two sons and household chores.
Armstrong also said Whitman views domestic help as “disposable” commodities.
She claims that when she was hired, Whitman appeared to be very “cheap” and argued about Armstrong’s agreed upon salary saying she didn’t “deserve” it because she was not yet a full time employee.
Armstrong said that after about 60 days in Whitman’s employ, she called her up and said “Meg, I quit. I can’t handle it anymore.” She claims she then had to call her former employer back several months later to obtain her tax forms.
According to Armstrong, she “had to threaten to take her [Whitman] to the IRS” before Whitman’s accountant called her asking for “the numbers” and “the hours” she’d worked. Armstrong told him “That’s Meg’s responsibility… Isn’t she supposed to have all that written down?”
To which the accountant replied “Look, will you work with me?”
The Chronicle notes Armstrong’s W-2 form for two months of full-time work for Whitman indicates she was paid $5,200.
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