In a surprising turn of events on September 29, the former housekeeper of California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman held a news conference to make allegations of abuse and that Whitman knew of and ignored her immigration status. Former housekeeper Nicky Santillan is claiming she is owed wages and other compensation by Whitman. She further claims Whitman was aware of the fact she was undocumented, but did not fire her for it until she began her campaign for governor.
Although no claims have been proven, and Whitman's representatives say Santillan misrepresented her status to both Whitman and to the agency Whitman used to hire her, this event brings up questions regarding workers and responsibilities of small business. Large corporations have large human resources departments to handle background and immigration status checks on all employees, but what about a small business owner?