November 23, 2014

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Fired Lorain officer seeks unemployment benefits

LORAIN — Former Lorain police officer Stanley Marrero filed for unemployment Tuesday — two months after he was terminated after a judge convicted him of three misdemeanor charges.

Marrero, 44, was notified that he was fired on Sept. 25, while he was serving two months in the Lorain County Jail as a result of a Sept. 9 conviction on misdemeanor charges of intimidation, dereliction of duty and public indecency.

Lorain Safety Director Phil Dore said that the city was notified Tuesday by the Department of Jobs and Family Services that Marrero intended to file for unemployment compensation.

But Dore thinks the city can fight such payments and win.

To do so, an employer must establish that an employee was discharged under just cause, which includes a violation of company rules, neglected job responsibilities, disregard for an employer’s interest and poor job performance.

Dore said Marrero’s termination fits all of the above, and the city has since filed its appeal. His termination letter was seven pages long, and it noted that the 17-year veteran had multiple violations of the city’s and police department’s code of conduct, in addition to breaking the law.

“He was fired for just cause and therefore should not receive unemployment compensation,” Dore said. “He’s not working at the Police Department through no fault of ours.”

Marrero couldn’t be reached for comment.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski found that Marrero had exposed himself to a Lorain woman in 2006 and asked for oral sex and threatened to withhold police protection from her if she told anyone about the incident.

Marrero also was convicted of failing to break up a January 2007 fight between two women with whom he was having affairs and not reporting the incident, even though one of the women had her nose broken. The other woman was later convicted of assault.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.