OR vet settles for $45,000 in Lowe's job dispute

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Lowe's has agreed to pay $45,000 to an Army National Guard soldier to settle allegations he was improperly fired from a distribution center at Albany after returning from the Iraq War.

Government lawyers represented Matthew King and won the settlement filed in federal court in Portland.

The hardware store chain hired King in 2008. He was deployed to Iraq and returned in 2010. After being honorably discharged he sought, but didn't receive, unemployment benefits. Then, he returned to work at Lowe's.

The company fired him after it learned he had applied for unemployment. The Veterans' Employment and Training Service determined he was wrongfully terminated.