In September 2010 it was revealed that Meg Whitman had employed an illegal alien, Nicky Diaz Santillan, as her housekeeper from 2000-2009. Whitman's campaign provided documents that Santillan had provided her, a copy of a Social Security card and California driver's license that they said Santillan had provided. They also stated that they had relied on the employement agency that provided Santillan to verify she was a legal resident. Whitman stated, "As soon as we found that she was an illegal immigrant, we did what we had to do as an employer, which was to let her go, But all of the documentation that we had said that she was legal." Santillan claims that her undocumented status was well-known by Whitman and has produced a letter she claims is evidence to this effect. Whitman's Husband admits that it is "possible" the letter is genuine, but he claims it does not prove that the Whitmans knew about her undocumented status. Gloria Allred, a Jerry Brown supporter , said that Santillan was fired for political reasons and that Whitmann was aware of a Social Security number mismatch regarding Santillan since 2002. Allred is suing on behalf of Ms. Diaz for back pay and mileage. Whitman's campaign maintains that this is a political attack to smear Whitman.