Anyways, Whitman admits she employed as a housekeeper an illegal alien from 2000 to 2009 and fired her when the housekeeper told her she was illegal. Meg said she never knew, thus Meg is innocent. Well nine years is a long time not to know who's working for you.
The big story however is that logic tells us that Whitman did know and that she probably broke the law.
It seems quite easy to determine if Ms. Whitman knew she was employing an illegal alien. In nine years of employing Nicky one of the following had to have happened.
Option 1 - If Nicky was employed as an hourly employee, by law Whitman was required to withhold taxes and pay the employer share of social security. The IRS and Social Security would have notified Whitman that the Soc Sec # was incorrect and Whitman was obligated to get a correct # from Nicky - thus Whitman would have known something wasn't Kosher.
Option 2 - Nicky was self-employed person contracting with Whitman, then Whitman was required to file a 1099 to the IRS - same result, bad SS#, Whitman is notified.
Option 3 - Nicky was an hourly employee and Whitman did not pay SS taxes on Nicky and did not withhold fed income and ss taxes on Nicky's pay. Whitman broke the law. If Nicky was contract labor and Whitman did not file 1099 then Whitman broke the law.
No matter how you look at it Whitman seems to be hiding/denying the truth and likely violated the law for quite a few years.