Former Guardsman settles lawsuit against Target

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A former Army National Guardsman has settled his lawsuit claiming that managers at the Target in North Fayette fired him in October 2011 for failing to call in daily while he trained for deployment.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon on Wednesday agreed to dismiss the lawsuit at the request of Andrew Lanier and Target. Their joint request to dismiss the case did not provide details of the settlement.

Tim O'Brien, one of Lanier's lawyers, and Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder confirmed the settlement but declined to comment further. There was no phone listing for Lanier, and O'Brien said his client was not available for comment.

Snyder has said that Target doesn't have a policy requiring employees in military training to call in daily, and that officials at the corporate headquarters were reviewing Lanier's claims.

Lanier, then 21 and living in Sewickley, sued Minneapolis-based Target in June, claiming it violated state and federal laws protecting Guard and Reserve members' jobs while they serve the country.

He joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2009. He was a diesel mechanic with the 128th Support Battalion, Company B, based out of the Crane Avenue Armory when he got his deployment orders.

The Guard honorably discharged him.

Losing his job meant Lanier could not pay rent or keep his car running, so he moved back home to Ohio, he said in June.

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