LOS ANGELES – A former sheriff’s sergeant sued Los Angeles County Tuesday, saying she has been unable to return to work after allegedly suffering retaliation for being critical of Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his wife, but also maintaining that county leaders have not done enough to protect her.
“Sheriff Villanueva has held himself out as above the law and immune to accountability, with leadership operating with the lack of transparency and audacity of a third world dictatorship and evading any oversight,” states plaintiff Vanessa Chow’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.
Her suit states that Chow is “too distressed to return to work and she has been constructively terminated from LASD.”
A representative of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the department cannot comment on pending litigation, but did say Chow has not resigned or retired from the department and is still employed.
Chow alleges she has suffered temporary lower body paralysis and cancer as well as severe financial losses and emotional distress because of the alleged retaliation, according to her suit.