A former aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price alleges in a lawsuit filed against the city that she was fired from her job after Price’s staff accused her of being a “snitch” in the criminal case brought against her. the councilman for the Los Angeles County District. Lawyer. Jorge Gascón.

Angie Reyes English, Price’s former field deputy, filed the claim on February 1. These types of claims are usually filed before a formal lawsuit.

The four-page claim, which was reviewed by The Times, alleges that Reyes English faced intimidation from Price and his team and was ultimately fired from her job in January.

Angelina Valencia-Dumarot, Price’s spokeswoman, denied the former employee’s allegations. In fact, Reyes English had been the subject of complaints from Price’s staff, Valencia-Dumarot said.

“We deny these unfounded allegations and have been working closely with (the city’s Personnel Department) on this matter for months,” Valencia-Dumarot said in a statement. “Last year, several district office staff members filed separate formal complaints (with the Personnel Department) citing Angie Reyes English’s harassing and threatening behavior, causing some to feel anxious and depressed.”

Attorney Greg Smith, who represents Reyes English, said his client “is not aware of any complaints and has never been notified of any complaints, formal or informal, against her.”

Reyes English serves Hawthorne as mayor pro tem and member of the City Council, according to that city’s website. She declined an interview request.

He worked for Price for 17 years, according to his complaint. Price, a Democrat, previously served in the state Senate and Assembly.

Ivor Pine, spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney. Hydee Feldstein Soto, declined to comment on the claim.

Gascón charged Price in June 2023 with 10 counts of embezzlement, perjury and conflict of interest. The charges relate to medical benefits his wife, Del Richardson Price, received from the city and votes cast by the councilman that allegedly benefited his wife’s business.

Price has strenuously denied the charges.

Reyes English’s claim alleges that nearly two weeks after the district attorney’s office filed its case against Price, the councilman’s “right-hand man,” José Ugarte – deputy chief of staff – called Reyes English and told him that he and Other confidants of Price believed she was a “whistleblower” and had disclosed information to “government agencies.”

The next day, Reyes English told her supervisors and human resources representatives that she had been “intimidated” by those who thought she was the “snitch,” according to her claim.

Price and others “retaliated” against Reyes English, according to his claim. He was placed on “involuntary medical leave” for approximately three and a half months beginning July 1, 2023.

When she returned to work, she said, “additional steps were taken to intimidate, harass and harm her.” She was fired from her job on January 9, according to her claim.

The district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her claim.

The price is due back in court in early March. Last month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge denied a request by Price’s defense team to dismiss the case against him, arguing that prosecutors had failed to prove that Price’s votes were motivated by his wife’s business.

Price’s defense attorney, Michael Schafler, had also argued that prosecutors improperly filed embezzlement charges when Price’s alleged conduct related to his wife’s health insurance did not meet the definition of a crime under California law.

Times staff writer James Queally contributed to this report.

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