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Security manager fired by VANOC sues

The former security manager for VANOC CEO John Furlong is suing for wrongful dismissal.

Steve Sierros, 49, is seeking compensation from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics' organization for loss of salary, benefits and bonuses, moving expenses and foreign exchange loss.

A British Columbia Supreme Court statement of claim said Sierros worked "faithfully and diligently" and "proved himself to be a valuable and reliable employee" during his July 21, 2008 to March 4, 2009 tenure.

Sierros was recruited in May 2008 by an unnamed VANOC representative to become manager of contract and special event security integration on June 16, 2008. The $91,800 a year job included a signing bonus, reimbursement of moving expenses from McLean, Va., health and medical benefits, disability and life insurance, employer RRSP contributions, three weeks paid annual vacation and bonuses for performance and working through the Games.

The lawsuit was filed May 1 in Vancouver. VANOC has not filed a reply to the unproven allegations.

Various online databases list a Steve Sierros as a former United States' Secret Service agent.

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver's 24 hours.

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