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FBI Agent Charges Pro-Mormon Bias in Los Angeles Office

November 22, 1987

Charging favoritism to Mormons in the FBI's Los Angeles office, Agent Paul P. Magallanes has asked a federal judge in Texas to order the FBI to return him to the bureau's Ventura office and to give him back his gun and FBI car.

Magallanes, who is Latino, said in his petition for an injunction filed Friday that he was transferred from his home in Ventura to Los Angeles as punishment for testifying for another Latino agent, Bernardo (Matt) Perez, during a discrimination suit against the FBI.

Perez, the former assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office, filed suit in 1984 with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, alleging that Mormons in the Los Angeles office discriminated against him because he is Roman Catholic.

U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton of El Paso, where Perez now works, is expected to act on Magallanes' injunction request next week.

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