Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his spouse, Vivian Villanueva, at an academy graduation ceremony in 2019. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Instances)
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has filed a lawsuit alleging that her occupation was thwarted just after she determined a shut friend of Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s spouse was unfit to provide as a deputy.
Deputy Lina Pimentel claimed her “vocation development has now been efficiently terminated since of Vivian Villanueva’s own attacks on her,” according to the lawsuit submitted in L.A. County Top-quality Courtroom this week.
Alex Villanueva did not promptly react to a textual content message trying to find remark. When reached by cellphone, Vivian Villanueva explained she was not mindful of the lawsuit. “I’ll get back again to you,” she stated and hung up.
Citing the pending litigation, sheriff’s officers declined to remark about the allegations in the lawsuit further than a assertion that praised the sheriff for remaining “the most transparent sheriff in history” and reported “he is self-assured these allegations will be verified bogus.”
Pimentel was a recruit coaching officer when the recruit, who had worked for two many years in the Sheriff’s Office as a custody assistant, entered the academy, the lawsuit states.
It was the recruit’s next endeavor to grow to be a deputy and Pimentel decided she was physically not able to total the academy’s demanding plan, the lawsuit states.
The recruit then allegedly falsely explained to Pimentel’s superiors that the schooling officer had pressured her to do added physical coaching requirements in violation of her health-related limits, the lawsuit said.
In March 2020, Pimentel learned that Vivian Villanueva, who retired as a deputy in January 2018, had been criticizing her and describing her to other folks making use of gendered slurs. The lawsuit alleges that Vivian Villanueva warned other folks to keep Pimentel absent from her for the reason that “I will go off on that b—.”
Pimentel alleges that she was subsequently moved and demoted various moments.
“This lawsuit is yet another example of a sheriff who has tiny regard for his deputies and as an alternative will always set his selfish self-curiosity 1st,” claimed Alan Romero, an legal professional representing Pimentel.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.