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From Anchor Tony McEwing

Missing The Target

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Rules are rules. I get it. But more often than not, rules have exceptions and part of being a good manager is knowing when an exception should apply and applying it. That brings me to the case of Andrew Lanier who is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Lanier is suing the Target Corporation saying he was wrongly fired from one of it's Pittsburgh area stores for violating its "no-call, no-show" policy.

It all started in 2011 when Lanier informed his supervisors that he would be involved in a two week training mission for the Guard in preparation for possible deployment to Iraq. After getting approval for the mission, Lanier claims in his federal lawsuit that he was fired when he returned to his job for not calling in each and every day he was gone. REALLY???!!! Lanier says he was pretty upset, especially since losing his job cost him his car, among other things. Lanier and his attorneys contend the firing violates the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which is specifically meant to safeguard the civilian jobs of military personnel who are called away for mandatory service.

When contacted about Lanier's claims, Target says it has no record of his request for time off but is exploring his concerns. The spokesperson added that Target has no requirement for members of the military to call in daily during their absence.

If Lanier's accusations are true, Target should take the necessary steps to immediately rectify the situation. Those who serve in our military should not only be given every consideration whenever possible, they most certainly should NOT be penalized for the immeasurable sacrifices they make to protect our freedom.

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