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LA Sheriff’s deputy says career was derailed after friend of Sheriff’s wife said she was unfit


LA sheriff’s deputy files lawsuit ‘after boss’s wife stalled her career and insulted her in front of colleagues for refusing to recruit unfit friend’

  • Deputy Lina Pimental said in a lawsuit filed in LA County Superior Court that her ‘career progression has now been effectively terminated’ 
  • Pimental’s suit describes Vivian Villanueva’s expletive-laden tirades against her after she claimed in her position that a friend was unqualified for a job 
  • Villanueva is the wife of LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and a former deputy herself 
  • Vivian Villanueva, the suit alleges, would be ‘warning others to keep Plaintiff away from her because, ‘f**k her,’ and ‘I will go off on that b***h.’
  • Villanueva is also accused of calling Pimental a ‘c***’ in full earshot of others 
  • The Sheriff’s office declined to comment on the allegations, citing pending litigation but issued a statement praising Alex Villanueva 


An LA sheriff’s deputy is suing over claims her boss Alex Villanueva’s wife branded her a ‘bitch’ and a ‘c***’ for failing to recruit one of her unfit unfit friends.   

Deputy Lina Pimental said in a lawsuit filed in LA County Superior Court that her ‘career progression has now been effectively terminated because of Vivian Villanueva’s personal attacks on her.’ Many of the foul mouthed slurs and threats are said to have been made in full earshot of colleagues by Vivian, who also worked as a sheriff’s deputy until her retirement. 

Pimental’s suit describes Vivian Villanueva’s expletive-laden tirades against her, beginning in March of 2020, after she claimed in her position as a recruit training officer that Natalie Garcia – a friend of Villanueva – was unqualified for a position with the office. 

Garcia worked in the county jail, but failed her physical examination to join the sheriff’s department. Pimental – who had been a recruit training officer dating back to August 2019 – made that decision, allegedly sparking Vivian Villanueva’s fury.  

‘In retaliation for Plaintiff dismissing her friend as unqualified, Villanueva reported to the Academy, and called Plaintiff a ‘c—‘ and a ‘b–h,’ the suit said. ‘Villanueva also made threats at Plaintiff’s workplace, warning others to keep Plaintiff away from her because, ‘f–k her,’ and ‘I will go off on that b—-h.’  

The Sheriff’s office declined to comment on the allegations, citing pending litigation but issued a statement praising Alex Villanueva. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (right) and his wife, Vivian Villanueva, at an academy graduation ceremony in 2019

The LA sheriff who has declared war on the city’s woke policies 

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been a fighter against ‘woke’ progressive DA George Gascon’s policies to revamp the area’s criminal justice system.

Villanueva was previously a Democrat, but switched to the GOP after being shunned by his former party last year.  

Villanueva is increasingly concerned with whether Gascón will fully prosecute any violent protesters and has complained that he has essentially made prostitution legal by refusing to prosecute.

‘If there is a lack of prosecutorial fist, that might actually embolden some of our antifa, anarchist crowd, the radical elements, to try to hijack peaceful protest for their own personal gain or agendas’, Villanueva said.

He said Gascón is exceeding his authority and essentially changing laws by declining to prosecute existing statutes. 

‘We are unable to comment on pending litigation, but what we can say is Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been the most transparent sheriff in history and he is confident these allegations will be proven false,’ the statement said. 

The LA Times attempted to talk to Vivian Villanueva via phone, but she said ‘I’ll get back to you’ and hung up.    

Garcia had worked for two decades in the Sheriff’s Department as a custody assistant before she made two attempts to enter the academy to become a deputy, the lawsuit alleges.

Pimentel said that she determined Garcia was physically unable to complete the program.  

Garcia, the suit claims, then falsely told Pimentel’s superiors that she had been forced to do extra physical training in violation of her medical restrictions. 

The filing also states that Garcia filed a complaint against Pimentel because Pimentel had told her, ‘The sheriff is not here to save you.’

She also accused Garcia and Villanueva of using their their ties to the sheriff to obtain a take-home vehicle and other benefits. 

Pimentel said that soon after, she began hearing about Vivian Villanueva’s tirades against her and that she was subsequently moved and demoted multiple times.

She had also been up for a sergeant’s position but the advanced officer training department is where Vivian Villanueva was assigned. 

By July 2021, Pimentel had been demoted several times.  

‘This lawsuit is another example of a sheriff who has little regard for his deputies and instead will always put his selfish self-interest first,’ said Alan Romero, an attorney representing Pimentel.

‘This gross example of nepotism, abuse of office and workplace harassment has been ratified by current Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who allows his wife to call female deputies names … in the workplace,’ the suit states. 

Pimentel had worked in the sheriff’s office since January 2007 and was given her recruit training job in 2019.   

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