A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has filed a lawsuit alleging that her profession was thwarted after she determined an in depth good friend of Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s spouse was unfit to function a deputy.
Deputy Lina Pimentel claimed her “profession development has now been successfully terminated due to Vivian Villanueva’s private assaults on her,” in keeping with the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court docket this week.
Alex Villanueva didn’t instantly reply to a textual content message in search of remark. When reached by telephone, Vivian Villanueva stated she was not conscious of the lawsuit. “I’ll get again to you,” she stated and hung up.
Citing the pending litigation, sheriff’s officers declined to remark in regards to the allegations within the lawsuit past an announcement that praised the sheriff for being “essentially the most clear sheriff in historical past” and stated “he’s assured these allegations will probably be confirmed false.”
Pimentel was a recruit coaching officer when the recruit, who had labored for twenty years within the Sheriff’s Division as a custody assistant, entered the academy, the lawsuit states.
It was the recruit’s second try to turn out to be a deputy and Pimentel decided she was bodily unable to finish the academy’s demanding program, the lawsuit states.
The recruit then allegedly falsely advised Pimentel’s superiors that the coaching officer had pressured her to do further bodily coaching necessities in violation of her medical restrictions, the lawsuit stated.
In March 2020, Pimentel discovered that Vivian Villanueva, who retired as a deputy in January 2018, had been criticizing her and describing her to others utilizing gendered slurs. The lawsuit alleges that Vivian Villanueva warned others to maintain Pimentel away from her as a result of “I’ll go off on that b—.”
Pimentel alleges that she was subsequently moved and demoted a number of occasions.
“This lawsuit is one other instance of a sheriff who has little regard for his deputies and as an alternative will all the time put his egocentric self-interest first,” stated Alan Romero, an lawyer representing Pimentel.