Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr.) and President Trump's pick for labor secretary, is under fire for once employing an undocumented immigrant as his housekeeper.
Although specific details about the woman don't seem to be publicly available, one source told The Huffington Post that the housekeeper turned down Puzder's offer for legal aid in becoming a citizen due to concerns that it would result in her deportation.
Puzder, who reportedly has gotten cold feet about the position, hasn't been fully vetted for the role. As CNN notes, "The Office of Government Ethics has also failed to post Puzder's ethics paperwork, meaning they have not approved how the businessman will untangle his considerable holdings
"My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.," Puzder said in a statement released on Monday. "When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status."
"We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the state of California and submitted all required paperwork," he added
Transition source to @mikeallen on Puzder's vulnerability: "It's like when you separate a weak animal from the herd."
— Noam Scheiber (@noamscheiber) February 7, 2017